Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pheasant not doing so well


 The first blizzard of the week of all things a pair of mallards flew by the house in a white out. One landed by the cottage and one by the French doors of the basement which I sneaked over to snap this shot. 
 Then today after our second blizzard we had the sorry story of the goshawk and the eagle after a pheasant which stand out like targets in this snow. Inside this tree cage is two pheasant hiding. The goshawk missed this one, yes the hawk can go inside the tree cage and did and that is how he lost the pheasant it then took off flying away and by the time the hawk got out the pheasant was gone. Below the young eagle later got the second pheasant that was inside the tree cage only to have the more mature eagle take it away. 
 The adolescence eagle waiting on the pheasant hiding inside the tree cage.

 He has landed on the pheasant here and then starts to eat him until the mature eagle below comes by and takes it away, the young eagle back right off.


Here you see the mature eagle with the pheasant in his talons and he then took off to a tree followed by crows who harass him while he tries to finish his kill. 
Oh I did see the most amazing thing today. A goshawk was  flying low with a pheasant below him trying to get away when the pheasant dropped down, dove into the snow, flapped his wings digging down under the snow and the hawk flew off. I fear our pheasant number are going to be greatly reduced by Spring, that is two gone this week and both by eagles. 

3 comments:

Anita - Soaring Eagle said...

I know Eagles can be "cruel" but they are survivors. I feel bad for the Pheasants but Nature - well we all know. We all have a purpose, even the Pheasants as they feed the Eagles. Here in Iowa Pheasants don't survive because of men. They say they are quite delicious. I haven't had one, and I really don't want to because I think they are so beautiful, but once again, some people here in Iowa need the meat. That was cool how you got the pictures.

Stephanie said...

Better than NCIS!

My Vintage Mending said...

Survival of the fit-ist! I know it seems harsh but the birds are gorgeous. And yes it is way better than TV more like National Geographic. Smiles...Renee

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