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(FOX6Now)   A fish in the talons is worth two in the bush. So what is a red-winged blackbird doing hitching a ride on the back of a bald eagle who just caught a fish? Damn right there are pics   (fox6now.com) divider line
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2020-07-14 11:11:24 PM  
I'm pretty sure the blackbird was trying to attack the eagle.
 
2020-07-14 11:23:31 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: I'm pretty sure the blackbird was trying to attack the eagle.


Antifa blackbird. They're like that.
 
2020-07-14 11:24:47 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: I'm pretty sure the blackbird was trying to attack the eagle.


Redwing Blackbirds aren't really the a kind. They're more into alarm and distraction. There's something else going on. Not saying I know what, but it looks unlike any attack on a raptor by crows or ravens or other black birds
 
2020-07-15 12:25:56 AM  

Urmuf Hamer: SoundOfOneHandWanking: I'm pretty sure the blackbird was trying to attack the eagle.

Redwing Blackbirds aren't really the a kind. They're more into alarm and distraction. There's something else going on. Not saying I know what, but it looks unlike any attack on a raptor by crows or ravens or other black birds


Probably protecting a nest
 
IP [TotalFark] [BareFark]
2020-07-15 1:09:23 AM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: I'm pretty sure the blackbird was trying to attack the eagle.


That's my guess as well.
 
2020-07-15 2:53:13 AM  
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Still not quite as badass as a hawk carrying a shark with a fish in its mouth.
 
2020-07-15 2:56:54 AM  
I am glad to see that bald eagles support the Black Birds Matter movement
 
2020-07-15 3:00:16 AM  
Why are birds better at ride sharing than humans?
 
2020-07-15 3:01:20 AM  

fusillade762: [petapixel.com image 850x446]

Still not quite as badass as a hawk carrying a shark with a fish in its mouth.


Osprey
 
2020-07-15 3:02:42 AM  
I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.
 
2020-07-15 3:02:51 AM  
I"m sure fox news wanted to claim that the blackbird is hijacking the eagle, probably after a terrorist fist bump of some kind.

/a whitebird would be hitchhiking, like Jesus did.
 
2020-07-15 3:11:38 AM  
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2020-07-15 3:12:21 AM  

Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.


take the dictionary out of your mouth oh mighty kalash. no one is impressed/
 
2020-07-15 3:14:31 AM  
Green Day - Hitchin' A Ride (Video)
Youtube 4Sc81yxo600
 
2020-07-15 3:20:49 AM  
"I can fly higher than an eagle...because I'm standing on one!"
"God damn it, Jerry."
 
2020-07-15 3:34:49 AM  

sinko swimo: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

take the dictionary out of your mouth oh mighty kalash. no one is impressed/


:-P
 
2020-07-15 3:56:23 AM  
Is this that "Fly fail. Ride win" thing again? Of course Fox would be a few years late...
 
2020-07-15 4:03:29 AM  
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2020-07-15 4:36:24 AM  
Obviously you people know nothing about the White-Headed Eagle's decoy behavior. What looks to the untrained eye like a blackbird is actually a specially modified feather which the eagle can erect when necessary to confuse its prey or to startle its offspring. It appears to have been quite successful in this instance; the fish clearly took too long to decide whether the bird bearing down on it was an eagle or a blackbird. Normally the blackbird feather would be lowered immediately after the capture, which is why you don't see this a lot. In this case, there's a good chance that the eagle is very close to its nest. They often approach the nest with the feather erect which causes the chicks to shriek as if being attacked, before lowering it as they begin to feed. This is still a somewhat mysterious behavior, but the leading hypothesis among ornithologists is that they just think it's hilarious to freak out the kids.
 
2020-07-15 6:03:16 AM  

Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.


Maybe a 'non breeding male' trying to earn his stripes?
 
2020-07-15 6:10:32 AM  
The Blackbird, having caught the Eagle, the proceeded to eat both the eagle and the fish. Of course, Fox edited that part out.
 
2020-07-15 6:54:02 AM  

anuran: fusillade762: [petapixel.com image 850x446]

Still not quite as badass as a hawk carrying a shark with a fish in its mouth.

Osprey


Gesundheit
 
2020-07-15 7:09:21 AM  

Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.


Learned a new word and concept today. Thanks!

Kleptoparasitism[a] (literally, parasitism by theft) is a form of feeding in which one animal takes prey or other food that was caught, collected, or otherwise prepared by another animal, including stored food. Examples of this last case include cuckoo bees, which lay their eggs on the pollen masses made by other bees, or the hosts of parasitic or parasitoid wasps. The term is also used to describe the stealing of nest material or other inanimate objects from one animal by another.

sinko swimo: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

take the dictionary out of your mouth oh mighty kalash. no one is impressed/


Sad. And wrong.

As always.
 
2020-07-15 7:09:54 AM  
This is old, like pre corona old. Anyway, weird that faux would show this beautiful metaphor of Trump riding out Obamas economy.
 
2020-07-15 7:15:02 AM  
I've been informed in the past that it's possible that is a black-bodied red bird.
 
2020-07-15 7:23:33 AM  
Eating ticks and other parasites off of it.
 
2020-07-15 7:41:06 AM  
Blackbirds are known to like Steve Miller songs.
 
2020-07-15 7:47:13 AM  
Seen here in Agents of SHIELD...

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2020-07-15 7:49:09 AM  
That's because Red-Winged Blackbirds have decided that the best survival strategy is to build their nests in the grass and then go all GET OFF MY GODDAMNED LAWN on anything that comes near it.

And apparently it works because RWBB are the most common native bird in America.
 
2020-07-15 7:49:58 AM  

Urmuf Hamer: SoundOfOneHandWanking: I'm pretty sure the blackbird was trying to attack the eagle.

Redwing Blackbirds aren't really the a kind. They're more into alarm and distraction. There's something else going on. Not saying I know what, but it looks unlike any attack on a raptor by crows or ravens or other black birds


I've done a lot of birding and can confirm rwbb do dive bomb. I watched some dive bombing a bald eagle in northern Michigan about a month ago. I've even been dive bombed while putzing around.
 
2020-07-15 7:51:17 AM  

Harlee: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

Learned a new word and concept today. Thanks!

Kleptoparasitism[a] (literally, parasitism by theft) is a form of feeding in which one animal takes prey or other food that was caught, collected, or otherwise prepared by another animal, including stored food. Examples of this last case include cuckoo bees, which lay their eggs on the pollen masses made by other bees, or the hosts of parasitic or parasitoid wasps. The term is also used to describe the stealing of nest material or other inanimate objects from one animal by another.

sinko swimo: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

take the dictionary out of your mouth oh mighty kalash. no one is impressed/

Sad. And wrong.

As always.


Smarted
 
2020-07-15 8:16:14 AM  

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Hitchin' a Ride
Youtube MUjmSYutW5M
 
2020-07-15 8:19:01 AM  
LOL.

See GOP
Communism works.
Even your precious bald eagle knows so.
🦅🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
 
2020-07-15 8:45:03 AM  
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2020-07-15 8:54:01 AM  

anuran: fusillade762: [petapixel.com image 850x446]

Still not quite as badass as a hawk carrying a shark with a fish in its mouth.

Osprey


No I'm pretty sure that's a shark.
 
2020-07-15 9:23:45 AM  

acad1228: Mooammar Al-Cowddafi: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/4Sc81yxo​600?autoplay=1&widget_referrer=https%3​A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&start=0&enablejsap​i=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&​widgetid=1]

[YouTube video: Hitchin' a Ride]


Thank you!  This is the first I've heard this song, and it's great!
 
2020-07-15 9:54:08 AM  

Harlee: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

Learned a new word and concept today. Thanks!

Kleptoparasitism[a] (literally, parasitism by theft) is a form of feeding in which one animal takes prey or other food that was caught, collected, or otherwise prepared by another animal, including stored food. Examples of this last case include cuckoo bees, which lay their eggs on the pollen masses made by other bees, or the hosts of parasitic or parasitoid wasps. The term is also used to describe the stealing of nest material or other inanimate objects from one animal by another.

sinko swimo: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

take the dictionary out of your mouth oh mighty kalash. no one is impressed/

Sad. And wrong.

As always.


Strangely, kelptoparsitism sounds like something Farkers would be more than familiar with.

Not as it is actually defined, mind you.
 
2020-07-15 9:55:39 AM  
JFC, auto correct- that isn't even a ducking word.

Kleptoparasitism.
 
2020-07-15 10:21:13 AM  

xxBirdMadGirlxx: Harlee: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

Learned a new word and concept today. Thanks!

Kleptoparasitism[a] (literally, parasitism by theft) is a form of feeding in which one animal takes prey or other food that was caught, collected, or otherwise prepared by another animal, including stored food. Examples of this last case include cuckoo bees, which lay their eggs on the pollen masses made by other bees, or the hosts of parasitic or parasitoid wasps. The term is also used to describe the stealing of nest material or other inanimate objects from one animal by another.

sinko swimo: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

take the dictionary out of your mouth oh mighty kalash. no one is impressed/

Sad. And wrong.

As always.

Strangely, kelptoparsitism sounds like something Farkers would be more than familiar with.

Not as it is actually defined, mind you.


So.... dividing up words and phrases while stealing them?
 
2020-07-15 10:23:30 AM  
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2020-07-15 10:48:13 AM  

Harlee: xxBirdMadGirlxx: Harlee: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

Learned a new word and concept today. Thanks!

Kleptoparasitism[a] (literally, parasitism by theft) is a form of feeding in which one animal takes prey or other food that was caught, collected, or otherwise prepared by another animal, including stored food. Examples of this last case include cuckoo bees, which lay their eggs on the pollen masses made by other bees, or the hosts of parasitic or parasitoid wasps. The term is also used to describe the stealing of nest material or other inanimate objects from one animal by another.

sinko swimo: Kalashinator: I'm guessing the blackbird was mobbing the eagle, only by itself.  But I don't know if red-winged blackbirds engage in kleptoparasitism, so maybe it's defending a nest.  Neat pic, though.

take the dictionary out of your mouth oh mighty kalash. no one is impressed/

Sad. And wrong.

As always.

Strangely, kelptoparsitism sounds like something Farkers would be more than familiar with.

Not as it is actually defined, mind you.

So.... dividing up words and phrases while stealing them?


It's a perfectly cromulent practice.
 
2020-07-15 10:56:29 AM  
I have hundreds of pictures of bald eagles nesting  in Arizona.  Fark, it was my job.

So that is complete malarkey about the bald eagles in Arizona.  They are very well-documented.
 
2020-07-15 11:00:10 AM  
And redwing blackbirds do do that mobbing behavior.  Its not unusual to see little tiny birds harassing large ones.  The ravens around here are bullied by wrens and little songbirds, and they fly away.  Goes on all the time.
 
2020-07-15 11:05:05 AM  

Weidbrewer: Seen here in Agents of SHIELD...

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Also NASA. 
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2020-07-15 11:16:44 AM  

cryinoutloud: I have hundreds of pictures of bald eagles nesting  in Arizona.  Fark, it was my job.

So that is complete malarkey about the bald eagles in Arizona.  They are very well-documented.


Mexico too, for that matter. And New Mexico.
 
Juc [TotalFark]
2020-07-15 11:23:43 AM  

Urmuf Hamer: SoundOfOneHandWanking: I'm pretty sure the blackbird was trying to attack the eagle.

Redwing Blackbirds aren't really the a kind. They're more into alarm and distraction. There's something else going on. Not saying I know what, but it looks unlike any attack on a raptor by crows or ravens or other black birds


I think it depends on the bird and the situation.
Just yesterday there was a crow hanging out on my neighbours roof, I think it was looking to grab something near my bird feeders, and then a redwing blackbird came at it like a bat outa hell, that particular blackbird is always fighting pretty much anything with wings that's bigger than a finch.
 
2020-07-15 12:29:45 PM  
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