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On Lake of Bays in front of our house we witnessed nature in all it's different cycles. March 15th I spotted a carcass on the ice . Got my binoculars out to determine that the carcass was a smaller deer that would have been killed sometime during the night. Not long after we looked out to see a coyote at the carcass - assuming it was the coyote's kill. It has been many years since we have seen any coyotes or wolves on the ice. The coyote fed for quite a long time. We did not notice which direction the coyote came from or went to when it left.Soon after the coyote left we saw many ravens feeding. Then a much larger bird
arrived- bald eagle- over the next many hours of daylight we watched as Bald and Golden eagles shared the carcass.
At one point I realized I was watching a family of Golden's and Bald's. Two adults each with a juvenile. The pecking order is that the juveniles mostly seemed to be the watch guard. Ravens were chased off in most cases. The next morning the carcass had been moved , still within watching distance. With the cold nights I can only assume that the coyote came back at night and moved it . It would have been frozen to the ice. That next day we watched the eagles again from both families feed. The ravens seem content to feed off the original spot. It was interesting that the eagles would feed with a raven feeding beside them. They did share. Again this feeding went on . I was able to watch the eagles fly in and land and then take off. They are just stunningly gorgeous .The next morning what was left of the carcass was gone. I felt like I was watching a David Suzuki documentary. The deer's death has possibly saved many from winter starvation.

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