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we are the future (predators)

we are the future (predators)
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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-22
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Dobrogea
Theme(s): Nests of Birds, Baby Animals 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 3:50
Viewed: 5595
Points: 2
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This is a Buteo Rufinus nest with two newly hatched chicks. I have later found out that the third one also came into the world. You can see a mouse in the left part that will be the food for these chicks. The plastic (also on the left) is a usual nest material for butruf. Every nest of this species I have seen has at least a bit of plastic. I do not know why are they using this material. I chose to post this birdseye view of the nest beacuse you can see the prey item, the 2 chicks and the egg, and also the array of nest materials (branches, plastic, string, grasses). The eggs of ButRuf are whitish to pale pink in color with darker spots.
The species preffers to nest on steep cliffs but this nest was unusually placed on a tree.
The menu list for this species includes all kinds of mice. I have even found pellets containing snake scales so they can take snakes as well. Citellus seems to be a major part of the diet, although it depends on the territory. If the pair has its teritory in citellus country they will take mainly citellus; if not they will diversify the diet with the items mentioned above.

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I like the picture, but i am curious is that hair in the nest?

Please do not photograph birdnests. You may disturb them. In many countries you are also breaking the law doing this. Thank you.

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