Corvids simply are everywhere, and do the most surprising things. Recently, I linked to a very cool post by Kimberly Gerson on crafty corvids. Today, I can show you a very bold corvid: a thieving Eurasian magpie (Pica pica).
OK, this magpie stole some meat off the food of another bird, in a cage with mesh that it can get through easily – why do I think this an especially audacious act?
Two reasons: the mesh is tight enough that the magpie had to try around a bit to find a place to slip through. The other reason is the original owner of the food….
… a Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)! Check out those claws! And, as can be seen in the next photo, an owner quite interested in what was going on with his food!
Beware – the eagle is watching!