Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What?!?

What?!? 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

It always amazes me the fortitude and courage it takes small birds to stand up to a much larger bird.  The smaller bird knows it can be eaten, but dive-bombs the predator.  This behavior is known is "mobbing" and is typically done in attempt to drive the predatory bird out of a breeding territory or nonbreeding territory, to protect its nest/young or its food source.  Mobbing is used to drive a predator away instead of harming them.

The smaller birds are usually more agile and can quickly get away when mobbing a large bird.  The larger bird may flee instead of expending so much energy to chase the small bird.  

Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

2 comments:

Sherry Carter said...

I'm surprised the "mobber" is alone. He should bring along a bunch of his friends if he plans on being successful.

For some reason, this made me think of overcoming Satan. We do better if we have lots of support from our fellow Christians. I don't want to take him on alone!

Judy Royal Glenn said...

We have all been there, and it is not fun going into battle alone. It is nice to know we have people praying for us!