Friday, 17 August 2012

A tragedy..................................................................... with a macabre ending

If you are squeamish please stop reading this post now.
For the interested I have taken all these images from a distance on purpose...it wasn't pleasant.

As I returned home this evening I saw the body of a Woodpigeon that had been hit by a car lying in the road.
It's partner was pacing up and down looking very distraught.

I really enjoy seeing a pair of Woodpigeons in my garden... my garden "hoovers" for those in the know.
 I now have just one looking a bit forlorn sitting below my feeders... it was one of mine.

The Magpies were already gathering nearby... my urban vultures.

 A bit of bad luck for "Woodie" becomes good luck for the Magpies.

A seed feeder becomes the diet of carnivores within minutes of death... that's nature I suppose.
I couldn't make up my mind whether to post this or not so went with it anyway... apologies if I shouldn't.

The Bird D'pot

18 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

no apologies needed! the cycle of life. and i love seeing your magpies - the hoovers of the hoovers, i suppose.

Sharon M said...

Nothing wrong with posting it. I feel so sorry for the one left.

Denise said...

Oh dear, the poor bird and poor mate.

Caroline said...

I guess we all think more kindly of the seedeaters. Woodpigeon becomes magpie and life continues.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

No, these things happen. Can't hide them. Plus if some didn't know already, animals have feelings and feel loss. You showed that here. Well done Andrew.

Pantherka said...

Unfortunately, this happens.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Greetings.

Brian King said...

Sorry you lost one of your garden visitors! I rarely see birds getting hit by cars. Normally, it's deer and small mammals. Hopefully, the other pigeon will find a new mate.

Amish Stories said...

One of lifes circles. Richard

holdingmoments said...

Always sad to see Wood Pigeons killed like this Andrew, but unfortunately they have a habit of playing 'chicken' with road traffic.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Unfortunately that's life (and Death). Death for one is life for another. That's nature. Have a great day Andrew.

Gary said...

Too bad about the pigeon, Andrew!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pat said...

I'm sorry about the loss of one of your regular garden visitors. Animals don't stand much of a chance against vehicles.
Regarding the Magpies, nature is sometimes harsh but efficient.

Anni said...

...this is all part of nature [even tho it's caused by traffic] ---for me, I withstood the loss by viewing your images. Sad, tho. When my husband was a youngster he raised pigeons, so it's always a feeling of great loss, I understand. And, even tho the magpies are scavengers, they too are beautiful.

Terrific photos, and great commentary this week.

Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot.

Crafty Gardener said...

All part of nature. You did get some great shots of the magpies.

Modesto Viegas said...

That's life and death...
Good post!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A good post -- I don't always comment on older posts (when I get behind) but just wanted you to know that I wasn't at all grossed out by this -- I think it's good to post the realities of nature. (Of course I posted an alligator eating a turtle, so you may already know that I'm not too squeamish).. The magpies are just doin' their job.

Roan said...

That's life. The magpies are doing what they must to survive. Interesting post.
Rubbish by Roan

Hanne Bente said...

A part of nature (life) ...... nice picture series.
Hanne Bente