Some of you may have seen these photos before on the story of the, egrets and the snake
Today I have not been out on my usual walkabout because my back was playing up again, so I was looking through my photos. and it came to mind that most think of our birds and wildlife as brainless creatures. these birds know when there is danger they know that when the fields are ploughed there is food they also know that when the field is inundated the grubs in the ground will surface. they have special calls.
like the one they made this day of the photo. the Hooded crow knows this call and comes to take whatever is there that has alarmed the Egret, this time it was a snake in the water, last time I heard this alarm call was in the field next to my flat. when the crow took the rat from the field. the Kite was also over head but would not take the snake because I was too near. but what fascinated me was the expressions on the birds they were not sure if it was dead because it was moving in the water. I went to see what was alarming them and as soon as I took the snake from the water they all went on with the business of catching grubs in the field. even though the snake was on the bank besides the culvert. they took no further interest in a dead snake..
The Hooded crow with its catch first it wedged the rat in the branch to kill it then puts the dead rat under its claw to eat. the kites and falcons kill as soon as they catch it then fly to a tree or wire to eat using the same technique with the claw to eat,