EAGLES MATING -- it is a courtship dance called THE SPIRAL of DEATH ~ SUSAN LYNNE SCHWENGER Eagles mating - it is called THE SPIRAL of DEATH View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5S0Hi9GXvs Vancouver, BC -- March 21, 2008 When eagles LOCK TALONS in the air that is a courtship ritual. To actually MATE they must be on a hard surface so the male can drop the sperm sac into the female. People need to READ. The locking talons thing is NOT the act of MATING. I FINALLY was at the eagles' nest by the Jericho Youth Hostel to witness them mating! After countless hours and several weeks of waiting, my patience has paid off.