Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A robber in our midst

A couple of months ago, while visiting the children here on the farm, Eryn led me to a small forest Debbie has created in the garden. There she showed me a Common Fiscal with four eggs in it. Two weeks later we visited here again. Grant and I immediately went to see if the eggs had hatched. There was no nest; no eggshells; no dead baby birds. Nothing.

What a mystery. 

Last week I noticed an African Harrier Hawk flying over the garden. It landed on an electrical pole just beyond the fence. I grabbed my camera, zoomed in and snapped away through the kitchen window. 

African Harrier-hawk

Suddenly the raptor flew off the pole and swooped in on a small tree in the forest garden. The Common Fiscal pair sitting on the top branches of a tree nearby, kicked up a huge fuss; screaming and flying at the Harrier Hawk. Unperturbed it homed in on their nest, snatched a baby bird and flew back to its post top.

To devour its meal.

Common Fiscal  (male) atop the tree with their nest 
Common fiscal (female) sitting a little way off

Although these images are distressing, I always tell myself this is nature. The African Harrier-hawk finished its meal and flew off down into the valley. It hasn't been back and we're not sorry.

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  1. Wonderful shot. It would be bad to see the bird destroying the nest...

  2. yes when you see something like this you have to tell yourself it is nature. Wonderful captures of the scene

  3. Hello, Jo. The Hawk is amazing, I feel the same way. I know the Hawks need to eat bit I feel bad for the other birds. Awesome photos. Enjoy your day!

  4. I hope he flew far away, he looks evil to me and I do know there is a food chain, but I don't like it. great shots of the hawk and now the mystery is solved on the disappearing nest and eggs.


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