“Who Put This Thing Up Here Anyway?”

It was very windy today but even so we thought a long walk to our local slice of nature along the Scioto River might be in order. So off we went. An incriminating statement as to how seriously I take my windy day nature photography was that at the last minute I dropped a Panasonic ZS50 in my pocket along with a small pair of binoculars. I wasn’t expecting much.

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Arriving at the reservoir we noticed most birds seen seemed to be flying sideways so we decided to concentrate on looking for newly emergent wildflowers.

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As we shuffled along, looking down towards our feet at any small flower that managed to avoid being stepped on, it wasn’t long before a fellow nature lover and friend got our attention. Camera in hand, he was hoping to spot a Bald Eagle or other bird of interest. He asked if we’d seen the dead raccoon. Equipped with my negative response he lend us to a spot where the poor raccoon could be seen across the river, seemingly impaled high up in a very tall tree.

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Exactly how it got there and what caused it’s demise will remain a mystery but what we witnessed happening afterward was equally intriguing.

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At first it was hard to tell what the object being devoured was.

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Nonetheless the Turkey Vultures appeared to be enjoying it, if not the seating arrangements.

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“Who put this thing way up here anyway?”

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The vultures took their turn at “the table” for some time but finally before the next in line could get seated, the sorry fellow (an immature raccoon) understandably lost his grip and fell out of the tree.

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For those that have an appetite for it, a closer look.

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Desperate to cleanse my photographic palette, I aimed the ZS50 at anything that would sit still.

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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Along the river a Great Blue Heron feels the wind’s effect.

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Since this type of thing doesn’t happen in our neighborhood very often I promise a the next post will be easier to stomach.

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As always, thanks for stopping by.

 

 

9 Comments on ““Who Put This Thing Up Here Anyway?”

  1. How festive! I recall how once I was walking in a nature park in Michigan and I saw a red-tailed hawk swoop into the treetops above me. He emerged seconds later with a flailing black squirrel in one foot and, as blood dropped down not far from me the body of the squirrel tore off from the arm that was impaled by the hawk’s talon. I watched the lifeless (or soon to be) squirrel fall into the brush and the hawk flew off with just a ragged squirrel arm for lunch. Good times!

  2. Thanks. …turned out the photos were very sharp!

    ________________________________ 差出人: Central Ohio Nature 送信日時: 2016年4月2日 19:02 宛先: bahuynh@hotmail.com 件名: [New post] “Who Put This Thing Up Here Anyway?”

    centralohionature posted: “It was very windy today but even so we thought a long walk to our local slice of nature along the Scioto River might be in order. So off we went. An incriminating statement as to how seriously I take my windy day nature photography was that at the last mi”

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