Not a good day to be a coot

Before: swimming along merrily, minding its own business

Before: swimming along merrily

The bald eagle behind our house disappeared for a few days, but it’s back again in spectacular style. Today, Ian caught it eating a coot. It had swooped down, scooped up the coot, and taken it back to its branch to munch in peace.

Seeing the circle of life in action is pretty cool. Unless you’re rooting for the coot.

However, the bald eagle’s story isn’t as impressive as the one we heard recently from a local birder. He was driving along the shore road near our house, minding his own business, when a leopard shark suddenly landed on the bonnet of his car. He glanced up at the sky and noticed an osprey flying away. He surmised that the osprey had gathered up the shark for a meal, but couldn’t hold on to it securely.

That was the leopard shark’s lucky day. Today wasn’t the coot’s.

After: lacerated by the talons of a bald eagle

After: lacerated by the talons of a bald eagle


About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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