According to the Alaskan Fish And Game department,
"The wings of an eagle need to support the eight to 12-pound bird as
well as whatever the bird is carrying, and best estimates put the
lifting power of an eagle at four or five pounds. ..."
But as the article continues,
"Lift is dependent not only on wing size, but on airspeed. The faster
As bon says in the comments, the most likely explanation is that the vultures and eagle were fighting over a carcass. The answer to your question "do eagles eat carrion?" is an emphatic yes:
Unlike some other eagle species, bald eagles rarely take on evasive or dangerous prey on their own... They obtain much of their food as carrion or via a practice ...
The vultures had likely found something that the eagle also wanted in on. I come from a part of the world where Bald Eagles are everywhere, and yes, they are carrion birds that eat roadkill and found kill all the time. I actually have a picture I shot not long ago of a bald eagle picking meat off of a deer carcass. This was shot just after he chased away a ...