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Discussion in 'Conservation' started by Klickrolf, Nov 30, 2016.

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  1. Klickrolf

    Klickrolf Active Member

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    Rec'd this email from a friend, I call it conservation.

    "King of the Sky

    This came from a gentleman who runs a 2,000-acre corn farm up around Barron, WI, not far from Oshkosh. He used to fly F-4Es and F-16s for the Guard and participated in the first Gulf War.

    His story: I went out to plant corn for a bit, to finish a field before tomorrow morning and witnessed 'The Great Battle'. A golden eagle -- big, with about a six-foot wingspan - flew right in front of the tractor. It was being chased by three crows that were continually dive bombing it and pecking at it. The crows do this because the eagles rob their nests when they find them.
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    At any rate, the eagle banked hard right in one evasive maneuver, then landed in the field about 100 feet from the tractor. This eagle stood about 3 feet tall. The crows all landed too and took up positions around the eagle at 120 degrees apart, but kept their distance at about 20 feet from the big bird. The eagle would take a couple steps towards one of the crows and they'd hop backwards and forward to keep their distance. Then the reinforcement showed up. I happened to spot the eagle's mate hurtling down out of the sky at what appeared to be approximately Mach 1.5. Just before impact, the eagle on the ground took flight, (obviously a coordinated tactic; probably pre-briefed) and the three crows that were watching the grounded eagle also took flight -- thinking they were going to get in some more pecking on the big bird.
    [​IMG]The first crow being targeted by the diving eagle never stood a snowball's chance in hell. There was a mid-air explosion of black feathers, and that crow was done.
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    The diving eagle then banked hard left in what had to be a 9G climbing turn, using the energy it had accumulated in the dive, and hit crow #2 less than two seconds later. Another crow dead.[​IMG]



    The grounded eagle, which was now airborne and had an altitude advantage on the remaining crow that was streaking eastward in full burner, made a short dive, then banked hard right when the escaping crow tried to evade the hit. It didn't work - crow #3 bit the dust at about 20 feet AGL. This aerial battle was better than any air show I've been to, including the War Birds show at Oshkosh. The two eagles ripped the crows apart, and ate them on the ground; and, as I got closer and closer working my way across the field, I passed within 20 feet of one of them as it ate its catch. It stopped and looked at me as I went by, and you could see in the look of that bird that it knew who's Boss of the Sky. What a beautiful bird!

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    I loved it. Not only did they kill their enemy, they ate them. One of the best Fighter Pilot stories I've seen in a long time."

    Here's a little more that should be useful and worth the cost: http://thehill.com/homenews/adminis...consideration-to-head-veterans-affairs-report

    And since most of you think this should be about human caused global warming from me I'll provide it. http://www.dailywire.com/news/2071/most-comprehensive-assault-global-warming-ever-mike-van-biezen

    Where do you think public funds should be spent?
     
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    Salmo_g Well-Known Member

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    Nice story about the birds.

    I think public funds should be spent on the public interest.
     
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    I think they should be used on the veterans, they have earned the public interest.
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Couldn't view the photos but great story @Klickrolf ! When it comes to nest-robbing, Crows are the devil incarnate.
     
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    Honest question, have you done anything to work towards making that happen?
     
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    First thing that comes to mind is that I've used federal regulations requiring fish passage at dams to persuade public utility dam owners to spend millions of dollars on state of the art fish passage facilities and systems. I think mitigating adverse impacts of a project on public trust natural resources like fish is in the public interest. Believe it or not, not everyone feels the same way.

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    Yard Sale Huge Member

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    Great story! I can't see the pics? I want to see dead crow... little bastages.
     
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    I'd love to see pics!
     
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    Don't know why some of you can't see the pics, I sure can. Think it might be because most of you are using cell phones or something similar. I'm using an old desktop computer, if I can't see pics I just right click on the image and open it in another window, no cell service where I live.
     
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    Steve,

    I screwed the quote up. I meant to ask Rolf if he had done anything to change $$ for vets. Sorry about that!
     
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    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Crows can be so annoying if you get on their wrong side. I'd love to have witnessed that! I've only seen a couple of Golden Eagles.