January 30, 2017
Congratulations to Robert Mirault of Ontario, Canada, our latest BirdSpotter People’s Choice Award winner! Robert’s action-packed photo of an avian food fight was the crowd favorite. Robert was tipped off that ravens and Bald and Golden eagles were scavenging carcasses nearby. “I was fascinated watching the interactions of the eagles and ravens. It takes a lot of patience and perseverance and luck to get the photo that says it all.”
Bald Eagles are well-known for thieving food from each other and from any other mammal or bird that makes an easy target. Biologist call this practice piracy, or kleptoparasitism. Ravens often congregate at carrion, waiting for larger scavengers to dismantle the carcass.
Today, January 30, is the first day to submit a photo to the current BirdSpotter category: Birds of a Feather Stick Together. What birds enjoy company? Photographers can choose to a receive a free set of illustrated note cards just for participating (limit one card set per person, U.S. mailing addresses only). Biweekly People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Anyone can participate by entering a photo and voting for their favorites! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.