Yesterday we saw that something – one of the neighbourhood cats? – had killed a pigeon in the middle of what is laughably termed our ‘lawn’. There were feathers scattered everywhere and the carcase was unbeautifully displayed in the middle.
Later on in the evening, I saw a gull pecking away at it. I’ve never seen a gull here before but he obviously knew a good thing when he saw it. When I was up at dawn today, he was still busy on his meal.
He’s probably gone off for a lie-down to recover from his feast … he has dragged the carcase to the path under the hedge, and now the cats are investigating it.
(not my photo but the same colour as a neighbour’s cat: the other cat is grey).
Nature may be red in tooth and claw, but she is also remarkably tidy. I remember when we used to kill a scorpion or something in Nigeria. By the morning there would be no sign of it: the ants would have taken it all away.
They can teach us a thing or two about recycling … although I wouldn’t recommend their tactics 😉