Saturday, August 07, 2010
Coyotes not welcome
Jim and I came upon this scene yesterday evening and looking at the photos this morning still makes my heart race. In this frame, the sun is setting, and the sheep herd is grazing across a high ridge, headed to its bedding ground. Our sentinel golden eagle sits in one spot, as the herd grazes to it, and around it. We flushed the eagle, and it landed on a nearby hillside, where another smaller eagle was also perched. The eagles stayed nearby as the sheep grazed.
Our ewes weigh about 200 pounds, and the perched eagle looked huge as it sat atop the sagebrush among the sheep, yet we know it probably weighs only about 10 pounds. Still, a coyote pup approaching this herd might not survive long, eh?