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    Reds Rocks and Ravens

    Mid day on the hillside and nothing is moving apart from a buzzard lazily riding the thermals.

    When all of a sudden the watchers attention is drawn upwards by the cronk cronking of a pair of Ravens as they wheel and dive repeatedly above an area festooned with red granite rocks which have spewed from the bowels of the hill in its ancient volcanic past.

    Glassing the area for several minutes the watcher is almost convinced the Ravens were telling lies,
    when he spots movement, the flick of an ear, there they are half a dozen stags lying on a sunny slope placidly chewing the cud.

    Though they are not exactly the same colour as the rocks , it's near enough to provide an almost perfect camouflage, and its unlikely he would have spotted them if their position had not been betrayed by the Ravens, a fact the stags seem to be totally oblivious of.

    As a young man the watcher believed this to be nothing more than an old wives tale,but experience has convinced him otherwise.

    Ravens will alert a stalker to the presence of deer in the hope of being rewarded with the gralloch.

    This phenomenon has been reported by hunters in other parts of the world where Ravens are present and is not unique to the Highlands.

    The crow family are the most intelligent of all the bird species, and Ravens the most intelligent of the crows.

    Some scientists claim them to be as intelligent as a five year old child, others that they are on a par with Whales and Dolphins.

    Whatever the truth may be, today they will go hungry as there seems to be a flaw in this pairs knowledge,its a full week until the start of the stag season,and no deer will be shot today.

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    Reminds me of a guided ice fishing trip we enjoyed in Alberta some years ago.

    As soon as we made our way across the frozen lake, a raven appeared and sat outside one of the fishing huts, not twenty yards from the door...'He never fails to show' said our guide...

    ​We got our gear sorted and the raven moved to within 12 inches of the door, totally unfazed by our presence. It was -35 that day but he didn't budge until he got his fish guts. Very intelligent bird.

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    May be the ravens are our equivalent to Africa's honey guide bird ?

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    round here the dirty beggars are quite happy finding their own ewe guts and lambs eyes they don't need to communicate with a human to do that, but get a cast ewe or a weak lamb and it's game over , intelligent they may be wanted they are not !! There was a 50-60 acre forestry block not far from here that was a roost for juveniles for a few years i counted over 200 one evening on the hill next to it , they have dispersed now the wood has been clear felled but locally the numbers are rising not a good scenario for us sheep farmers
    a barony original

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    In Scandinavia it only takes a rifle shot and the vultures of the north appear from nowhere.

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    nice read - thanks bogtrotter
    ​Andrew

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    Have stalked on Skye a few times. At the shot the sea eagles come in and shout at you to get on with the gralloch. They circle overhead and are down onto the remains when you are only a few yards away. You cannot leave a beast whilst you go back and get a vehicle - they will have eaten it by the time you get back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heym SR20 View Post
    Have stalked on Skye a few times. At the shot the sea eagles come in and shout at you to get on with the gralloch. They circle overhead and are down onto the remains when you are only a few yards away. You cannot leave a beast whilst you go back and get a vehicle - they will have eaten it by the time you get back!
    Yep, had that in Kintyre. Dropped a hind and calf, gralloched and went for vehicle, only to come back and find a great big buzzard.... No that's a juvenile golden eagle! With it's head already through the bullet hole in the ribs, tearing great chunks out of the hind. Glad I had s witness to it as well. Ravens were queued up awaiting their turn.

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