This Black Vulture Chick is in the old dilapidated barn where we’ve seen them before. I would hate to step inside a barn at night and hear that noise and not know what was making it. Pictures and video with my iPhone 6 plus other than the first one made on another evening with my Nikon and flash.
It is unreal the amount of time I can kill playing with that Splice app. 😀
When we checked cows this afternoon, there was an obvious new mama with the rest of the herd at the hay rings and it was obvious because the afterbirth was still hanging from her back end. I got out and walked the perimeter of the wooded area where we feed, but she never really paid me any mind, but would continue to bawl and bawl some more.
Since we were in the truck, we headed back home so we could get the Mule and I could get around in the muddy areas easier and find that baby. I was convinced by the way she was acting something had already happened to her calf, she is an experienced mama cow and I couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t going to her calf instead of just bawling for it.
When I made it back to our north pasture, that mama was laying down, still bawling and totally convincing that something was terribly wrong.
I started on down the road to the barn and corral and entered there and headed back west. Thank goodness, the calf popped up in what we call our weaning or bull pen and the reason it wasn’t going to its mama. She was at the cross fence and didn’t know to follow it down to the gate. I eased up, exited and easily caught it by the back leg. However, Ed didn’t return with me cause he gets too cold on the Mule and as it turned out, I really needed him!
I struggled, but I finally got her on the Mule and under my feet and she settled right in like she was an old hand. We crossed two muddy gate areas and headed on down to the ditch. I stopped to engage the 4-wheel-drive and low range and she shifted under my feet and got one of her back legs under the gas pedal.
Now I had to get off to try to rearrange her hoping I could get across the muddy ditch with her on the Mule with me.
No such luck!
She fought to get away from me and slid right on off. I was pretty well spent by that point, but determined I was going to get that baby on the other side of the ditch. It shouldn’t be that hard.
I immediately sank in the deep mud and one of my boots sucked right down into a cow track and I was stuck! I had to let the calf go and after wrestling with the mud and the water I finally got my now waterlogged foot and boot back up out of the mud. And for the record, that dang water was cold!
Finally, and what I should have done once I got to the ditch anyway, I bellowed like a calf several times and that silly mama cow came running.
The video tells the rest of the story.
Forgive my country voice, I was playing with a new iPhone app called Splice and I love it! The videos and pictures are not the greatest, but I will be playing with this app again. Thank you mama for giving me an opportunity. The drama really was not all her fault, I created most of it myself. 🙂
And for my fellow cattle owners, we will check tomorrow and make sure she is cleaned out and if not, will help her.
I could have shared this video with the transfer of the wild hogs from the trap to the trailer from my post at Facebook if I made it a public post. Who knew? I sure didn’t until I decided to check it out. It’s a repeat for my Facebook friends that visit my site.
There’s a few not so polite words used, sorry about that!
Shane loading wild hogs from the trap to the trailer. Might be a dirty word or two, sorry about that. – Julie Hokett Crossland
Before I get to the hog, I’ll tell you my Mom is feeling somewhat better, not as swollen, but today has been more painful for her. Thanks for the good thoughts, keep them coming!
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I have tried over and over to get my 3:45 minute length video of transferring the hogs from the trap to the trailer to YouTube and it just won’t load. It keeps failing and I don’t know why.
However, here’s my country self talking about how mad the one hog is before Shane showed up with the trailer. She is popping her jaws together wishing she could get to me. They are biters! I would have gotten closer to the action, but I’m a chicken. I was out there all alone and I could just see them getting out of that trap (highly unlikely) and getting me. I was actually sitting on top of the other trap…. safe!
I couldn’t find the birds in the mulberry tree late this evening, but I did find a squirrel enjoying himself. It was very dark where he was hiding, but he did not mind me walking under and taking his picture. Guess the mulberries were too tasty to leave due to the nut with the black box to her face! He finally got his fill, climbed down the telephone pole and headed on across the street.
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Bobby and Anne and others, here are a couple of videos of the water and destruction up this way. I’m thankful you got rain in your area, hope it won’t be as devastating there as it has been here. And we have another big one coming tonight. Might be the same one you sent pictures to me of earlier today. (They live in the Lubbock, Texas area.)
My hubby, my Mom and I made a circle this afternoon since the sun was FINALLY shining most of the day to view the Red River and one of the local lakes. It was a good outing! These pictures are from my Nikons and my iPhone.
The video is also from my phone and uploaded to Instagram to share here. I love that scary sound! There was also another scary few minutes for us as a young couple with maybe a 3-year-old boy were fishing to the right of that rushing water and in our estimation, they were allowing him to be all too close to the water’s edge. If he went tumbling off in there, I’m afraid it wouldn’t have ended well. The mom finally made him sit down, but it wasn’t long until he was up and moving around again. Dumb, dumb people in this world…he didn’t have a life jacket on either. I just couldn’t fathom allowing a little one that close to that madness.