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Predation events

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:38 pm
by cameratrapcodger
I have a trail cam at my neighbor's water trough for wildlife, which is a good place to see some of the migratory and more secretive birds in the neighborhood. I have seen a few stray cats there in the past, but I got 30 clips of a tabby this time hunting birds. It was ambushing them from a culvert right next to the trough. The camera (a Browning RF Extreme) captured two images of it catching birds, a junco and a goldfinch. In both cases the cat nailed the bird (pinned it or already had it in its mouth) in less than 0.4 sec, the camera's daylight reaction time. This goaded me into immediate action (an uncommon event). I covered the culvert opening with wire mesh. Here are a few screen shots from the videos. (I was not able to submit this where it should be, in the camera trap images and videos section.)
Cat-waiting.jpg
Cat-watches-grosbeak.jpg
Cat-watches-WGS.jpg
Cat-with-goldfinch.jpg

Re: Predation events

Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2022 5:16 pm
by skyhorse
He appears to be a very smart hunter.

Re: Predation events

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 12:52 am
by westcocanuck2
Great examples of how destructive these invasive species are to the fauna.

Re: Predation events

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:04 pm
by ghosthunters
Interesting clips .. predator


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Re: Predation events

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2022 10:22 am
by Woody Meristem
&$%#@*@%$&>! cats!

Re: Predation events

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 6:01 am
by bigbassmann
Great photos of a predator in action and kudos to you for taking action to stop his attacks at this location.