This came from a man that runs a 2,000-acre corn
farm up around Barron , WI
. not far from Oshkosh
. He used to fly F-4Es and F-16s
for the Guard
, and participated in the first Gulf War.
His story: …………………… I went out to plant corn for a bit, to finish a field before tomorrow morning and witnessed The Great Battle . A big golden eagle with about a six-foot wingspan flew right in front of the tractor. It was being chased by three crows that were continually dive bombing it and pecking at it. The crows do this because the eagles rob their nests when they find them.
The eagle banked hard right in one evasive maneuver then landed in the field about 100 feet from the tractor. This eagle stood about 3 feet tall. The crows all landed too and took up positions around the eagle at 120 degrees apart, but kept their distance at about 20 feet from the big bird. The eagle would take a couple steps towards one of the crows and they’d hop backwards and forward to keep their distance. Then the reinforcement showed up. I spotted the eagle’s mate hurtling down out of the sky at what appeared to be approximately Mach 1.5.
Just before impact, the eagle on the ground took flight, (obviously a coordinated tactic; probably pre-briefed) and the three crows that were watching the grounded eagle also took flight thinking they were going to get in some more pecking on the big bird The first crow being targeted by the diving eagle never stood a snowball’s chance in hell. There was a mid-air explosion of black feathers, and that crow was done.
The diving eagle then banked hard left in what had to be a 9G climbing turn, using the stored energy it had accumulated in the dive, and hit crow #2 less than two seconds later. Another crow dead.
The grounded eagle, which was now airborne and had an altitude advantage on the remaining crow that was streaking eastward in full burner, made a short dive then banked hard right when the escaping crow tried to
evade the hit. It didn’t work, crow #3 bit the dust at about 20 feet AGL.
This aerial battle was better than any air show I’ve been to, including the War Birds show at Oshkosh . The two eagles ripped the crows apart,
and ate them on the ground; and, as I got closer and closer working my way across the field, I passed within 20 feet of one of them as it ate its catch. It stopped and looked at me as I went by, and you could see in the look of that bird that it knew who’s Boss of the Sky.
Whether you’re a bird person or not, this is stunning!
How MANY trips would a bird have to make with the tiny quantity of mud/clay it could carry? (…and how far from the nest is the source?) How does the bird come up with the windbreak/entrance design that shields the eggs/chicks from the elements and at what point in fashioning the bowl do they start to construct it?
Even if you think you could build this. Try it without using your hands! And now stop to consider this: Where did the knowledge to do this come from?
What a story behind this magnificent bird!! I am not sure if this is for real or not, but it’s interesting anyway.
This is Amazing. It is no wonder there are Scriptural references to the eagle!
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.
And there is no wonder the bald eagle has such a significant symbolism to America.
When it rains, most birds head for shelter.
The eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain,starts flying above the clouds. An amazing titbit about the Eagle’s eyesight: The eagle can probably identify a rabbit moving almost a mile away. Meaning, an eagle flying at an altitude of 1000 feet over open country could spot prey over an area of almost 3 square miles from a fixed position.
What a vocabulary she has, and she does all of this for pumpkin seeds
: The African Grey Parrot
), also known as the Grey Parrot
, is a medium-sized parrot
found in the primary and secondary rainforest
of West and Central Africa
. Experts regard it as one of the most intelligent birds
in the world. They feed primarily on palm nuts, seeds, fruits, and leafy matter, but have also been observed eating snails. Their overall gentle nature and their inclination and ability to mimic speech have made them popular pets, which has led many to be captured from the wild and sold into the pet trade
. The African Grey Parrot is listed on CITES
appendix II, which restricts trade of wild-caught species because wild populations cannot sustain trapping for the pet trade.
LongevityLike many large parrots, the African Grey is a long-lived
bird. The Animal Ageing and Longevity Database states the longest reliably recorded longevity
for the species in captivity as 49.7 years. Also acknowledged are claims of captive African Grey parrots reaching the ages of 73 and 93,
whereas the World Parrot Trust
lists a longevity of 50–60 years for an African Grey in captivity.
The Guinness Book of World Records
listed a grey parrot that allegedly lived in captivity for 72 years as the longest-lived specimen for the species.
Wild African Grey Parrots often whistle, click, or make other sounds. An African Grey’s owner should expect to hear regular renditions of microwaves, telephones, alarm clocks, video games, and other electronic sounds, as well as dripping water, wild birds, and any other sound often heard by the parrot. African Greys have even been known to repeat the profanity they heard from an owner even after they no longer live with that owner. African Greys also have the ability to mimic, and distinguish between, the different voices they hear.
An Osprey in San Francisco Bay, California, USA. It has got small portions of fish offal on its beak. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is truly incredible video. I can’t believe this Osprey got 5-6 fish at a time, then got a flounder under 3′ of water, and then made off with what looks to be a 5+ lb. steelhead.
I’ve never seen a bird shake water off like a dog does – wouldn’t want to get in the way of him when he’s got his eyes locked and his talons in the “load” position!
There are 3 sequences in this one video:
1st sequence he catches half a dozen fish in one strike.
2nd sequence he plunges talons into deep water right to the bottom to grab his prey.
3rd sequence he captures a big old fat fish that looks as if it weighs more than he does!
This is incredible to watch (best viewed in full screen mode)…enjoy
What a beautiful and gentle little soul, just look at those incredible eyes.
~~~ UNTIL ONE HAS LOVED AN ANIMAL,
A PART OF ONE’S SOUL REMAINS UNAWAKENED
Her name is Margaret: Her eyes are beautiful. Most babies measuring 5 ft would be considered big, but newborn giraffe, Margaret, at Chester Zoo UK is seen as unusually small for her species.
She is one of the smallest giraffes ever born at Chester Zoo, but pint-sized Margaret will soon be an animal to look up to. Little Margaret, who is the first female Rothschild giraffe born at the zoo, is being hand-reared by her dedicated keepers.
The first calf for six-year-old mum Fay, Margaret, who was born two weeks early, tipped the scales at just 34 kilos (75 lbs) and is a mere 5 ft tall. Tim Rowland, team leader of the Giraffes section, said: ‘Margaret is one of the smallest giraffe calves we have ever seen.
Fay isn’t the largest of giraffes and Margaret was also early which might go some way to explaining her size. ‘Margaret was having difficulty suckling so our keeping team are now hand-rearing her.
Thank you for my bottle