King tides and heavy winter rain storms raised the water levels here in Richmond BC Canada recently – 27 November 2018 – and the marshland was flooded! All the little rodents and voles were flushed out of their burrows and I got to watch some spectacular wildlife action as the crows and raptors picked off the little creatures to feast on!
Watching wildlife can sometimes be a bit distressing but one has to remember that in the wild its all about survival – and the circle of life – eat or be eaten! I have a few videos to share with you from the past few days – I find it fascinating watching wildlife and nature in action – although I did feel quite sorry for all the little voles. This is not an unusual event by the way – it happens every year and over the winter the marsh floods several times! I suppose its a way of controlling the rodent population.
I firmly believe in ethical birding and wildlife watching as outlined in Audubons Guide to Ethical Birding and I also believe in a policy of non intervention – unless its a raptor in obvious distress – then I call OWL Rehab in Delta to come and assist – I leave it to the experts – I don’t ever try and interfere! It never ends well when man tries to ‘help’! People may mean well – but feeding, touching and handling wildlife should never be encouraged – wild creatures can pick up diseases from us and their rescue should be left to the people that know what to do!
My first video show the flooded marsh yesterday (during a break from the rain) – in it you can see all the snowgeese and the aircraft taking off from YVR International Airport – they have a Wildlife Control team that uses raptors, dogs and fireworks to keep the migratory flocks of snowgeese off the runway!
This video below shows a Red Tailed Hawk that has plucked a vole from the flooded marsh and then flies up to the higher post to eat it! In winter everyone must gorge and eat whenever they can as picking can be lean in the cold dark months of winter.
This video is wonderful – it shows the quite mesmerizing display of murmurating noisy, beautiful snowgeese as they take off having possibly seen a bald eagle over head! Dizzy and hypnotic watching these beautiful birds!
And finally – this video shows a beautiful young bald eagle as he flies down to pluck a rodent from the flooded marsh! Wonderful to watch!
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