Birds that we often see in the river, scavenging for dead animals, are vultures. When we gut and clean the trout, we throw the guts into the river and the vultures enjoy a feast. This week we noticed a dead fish in the big pond. This doesn't happen often, but on occasion it does. It was floating in the middle of the pond so we had to wait until it was closer to the edge to scoop it out with a net. It took its sweet time and as I was sitting in the house with the door propped open and suddenly saw a vulture land on the terrace wall. It made me jump. I was caught off guard (yet again) so didn't have my camera ready. By the time I was set to take a picture, he had flown off. Minutes later, he came back and landed on the bank of the pond. He was eyeing the dead fish, but the wire got in the way so he abandoned his mission and flew away. We've never seen vultures so close to our ponds before.
A few days later, we saw a kingfisher, which is a rare sight on our property, so it was exciting to spot one. Kingfishers do like trout, but our trout are to big for them, so there is no real danger.