On Monday I took the dogs out at 5.30 am as usual. Later that morning, I walked to the far gate to open it for Leanne who was collecting the plane trees Namusa and I dug up for her.
In the tracks of the road I noticed a furry animal. Well, not a complete animal as I saw when I got nearer. It was a partially disemboweled, beheaded rabbit. I didn't want to hang around it because I didn't want Eddy to eat it. I also realized that it had been killed by a raptor and probably been disturbed. (When Grant returned from Ant's place around lunch time he said he had probably disturbed the raptor as it was fresh when he passed on the little motorbike)
Reading up in my bird book, I thought of the raptors I'd seen on and around the farm: a Steppe Buzzard; a Black Sparrowhawk and a Jackal Buzzard. Of the three, my book tells me that among other prey (reptiles and birds) the Jackal Buzzard was able to catch and kill mammals up to hare size.
The photo I have of the Jackal Buzzard was not taken on Monday (remember we didn't see the raptor) but I had photos of a pair of these birds taken along the road as we drive to the main road.
For the squeamish, I suggest you don't look too closely at the photo of the rabbit (below)
The disemboweled, beheaded rabbit in the road tracks
A photo of a Jackal Buzzard taken on another occasion and at another place in the valley
I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here. I urge you to visit this blog by clicking the link. Stewart always posts the most amazing photos of birds. This week he has surpassed even himself!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY TO YOU ALL!