Thud. A robin collided with a window and fell to the deck. What followed was unexpected.
Soon a Short-tailed Weasel found the robin. Now it wasn’t clear whether the robin was dead or just stunned, but the weasel quickly settled the issue.
A Short-tailed Weasel is a prolific land predator. But, it is cautious, usually hunts at night, stays well hidden, and is really fast. It is thus not an easy animal to photograph.
This portrait and the following two were taken through a window. It seemed to know it was being watched, but was determined to get away with its prize.
The object was to now move the robin to some other place and to eat it there. The deck of the house was not sufficiently private.
It grabbed the bird by its beak to try to move it.
The weasel stopped and looked around. It was remarkably cautious.
This blurry shot would normally be a reject, but not this time. The weasel began racing toward the edge of the deck and was in the air with its prize. Its striped abdomen was a surprise.
This fast moving weasel then jumped off the edge of the deck, so as to have its feast below.