I observed an event today which I have never seen before. I was unsure if I should post the story and the photos on my blog as I normally share only “pretty” pictures but decided that some people might find the situation interesting.
While taking photos today of the many ducks down at Bond Head on the shore of Lake Ontario, I noticed a small furry mammal crawling over the ice shelf on the break wall. It was some distance away from me and across the narrow channel. I decided to move closer and as I did, I noticed that the creature was dragging something which he dropped about 10 feet from the edge. I was shocked to see that it was a merganser and it seemed lifeless.
The furry creature came back to the edge of the ice leaving the dead duck behind. He then watched the many ducks below him, perhaps identifying his next victim. He finally dove into the water but I later spotted him peeking out of hole in the side of the ice shelf. He finally came out of the tunnel, crawled on top of the shelf, and went to retrieve the dead duck. He dragged it to the edge of the ice by it’s neck and then jumped into the water taking the duck below the surface with him. I did not see him resurface.