Interesting Stuff

I get to see a lot of interesting stuff. I don’t always know exactly what is going on. Many times like yesterday what I see is too far off for good photos. Still the camera lets me see what the naked eye can not. Even though winter so far has been mild, it looks like food is becoming scarce at times.

An adult eagle caught a large fish on the far side of the river. It flew along the bank a long ways then landed. It took a couple bites of the fish then flew off leaving the fish on the river bank. Three juvenile eagles flew in right away and began to fight over the fish. The oldest looking juvenile ate the most then the next oldest. Once when the tussle over the fish got serious looking the youngest eagle flew up in to a nearby tree. An adult flew in and knocked the juvenile off its perch as if to say get down there and fight for the fish. The youngest eagle finally did get to eat when the other juveniles went to drink.

Later I watched a Great Blue Heron catch two mice in the grass then carry the mice out in to the water dunk them and shake them before flipping them in its beak and swallowing them whole. About that time a mink came swimming in to the mix of heron and ducks. The ducks would follow the mink then when the mink turned and swam back at them the ducks would fly a few feet land and start following the mink again. I have no idea what this behavior was about. Perhaps just curiosity? It is always interesting to observe the goings on in nature. When more than one species interact it usually leaves me wondering. I don’t always have to know what is happening to appreciate. Some where down the line another piece of the puzzle may fill me and answer some of the questions. Interesting stuff that keeps life fascinating…

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4 Responses to Interesting Stuff

  1. Ellen Bunnell says:

    FASCINATING! to say the least. Reading your commentary before viewing the pix, set the pace for a very fascinating array of photos. From the Jay reflecting, the flicker’s umbrella, and the Eagle shadow to the Juveniles wrestling, all so worth taking a second and even third look. Then add the three creatures mix in the water, followed by the flipping of the mouse! My jaw dropped momentarily. Thanks for them all.

    • Jim says:

      Ellen Bunnell,
      For a day that started out with not finding anything it did turn out very interesting. Your Welcome, happy you enjoyed them…

  2. Great shots of the heron with the mouse! I’ve heard that they hunt on land but I’ve never seen it.
    I’m surprised that mink couldn’t get one of those ducks.

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      Thank You, The ducks sure kept an eye on it. When it would get to close they would fly up and land back down 10 or 15 ft away…

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