August 24, 2003

When Nature Attacks!

I just saw the coolest thing. I was walking through campus, and I hear a piercing bird cry to my right; a small flock of perhaps a dozen birds exploded from a big shade tree to my left, and this falcon powerdives from the top of the building to my right, snags one of the flock out of the air with an audible snap, and carries it across the green and around a corner. I call it a falcon, though I have no clue actually---it was brown with snowy white speckles around its breast and back, if that helps. Anyway, the bird being carried away wasn't struggling at all (its wings were hanging behind) so I'm guessing it was killed, or at least stunned, instantly.

Never saw anything like it before.

"When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong---faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to a man in a blind rush until it's too late." --Bene Gesserit proverb

Posted by blahedo at 9:47am on 24 Aug 2003
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Sounds like a kestral, or spawwowhawk. I saw one do this to a bird at our feeder. So, how is the thesis? Posted by lee at 1:47pm on 25 Aug 2003
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