Bird Attacks Raccoon

Bird Swoop 3

Cruising around Stanley Park, we heard this huge squawk.

Circling around this rock pillar on the shoreline was the angriest black bird I have ever seen.  We watched for a few minutes as it swooped down to the tide line and then shot 30 meters above our head.  There was nothing visible to have upset the bird, so we assume it’s nest had collapsed or an egg had fallen.

Then, out from beneath a rock crept this dopey raccoon. Like a crotchety old man, it sauntered along the stone path to the shore, where it began to feast on a starfish.  This just happened to be the same starfish to which the bird had laid claim.  I don’t think either animal really knew what the other was capable of, so neither went to any great lengths to challenge the other; the bird continued it’s torpedo dives and the raccoon looked up and barked once the bird was on its upswing.

Where We Lay Our Scene

In Comes the Intruder

Bird vs. Raccoon: Battle 1

The Raccoon Barks Back

The Raccoon has Found the Secret Stash

The Raccoon Eats a Starfish

The Bird Dives in for the Final Battle

That final swoop down did drive the raccoon off.  The bird returned to it’s perch high on the rock and proceeded to stare at all the onlookers like we were crazy.  And, that is the story of the battle of the bird vs. the raccoon.

Have you ever seen animals battle it out for food?

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30 Comments

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    Monica

    Haha, this is hilarious. I once saw a seagull attack a fish as they fought over some bread we were feeding the fish. I’d completely forgotton about it until now so I’ll have to dig the photos out and get them online. Very funny!

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    • Reply July 21, 2011

      Bob

      Who knew that those two animals would fight. If I were the fish, I’d be afraid to be eaten.

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    shaun

    Too funny! I wouldn’t want to mess with that raccoon!

    • Reply July 21, 2011

      Bob

      Right, that raccoon seemed kind of intense.

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    Sophie

    Yikes! I once saw two birds fight until one was killed – blood and feathers everywhere…

    • Reply July 21, 2011

      Bob

      ugh, that’s horrible. yikes

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    John

    Fun story and great photos. Do you live close by?

    • Reply July 21, 2011

      Bob

      Thanks man. No, we don’t live near Vancouver, we were just traveling for a few days.

  • Amazing that you caught this all on your camera. I got lucky and witnessed a snake constricting a Jesus Christ lizard on the island of Roatan. The snake was distracted by my friend and I taking photos, so he let go of the lizard. I assumed the lizard was dead because he was completely stiff and still for 10 minutes. Then I saw him take a breath, and he eventually hopped away. Crazy!

    • Reply July 21, 2011

      Bob

      That’s awesome that the lizard got away. What a crazy thing to see.

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    Iain Mallory

    Wow a true clash of the titans moment well done capturing it in story form :)

    • Reply July 21, 2011

      Bob

      Thanks Iain

  • Reply July 7, 2011

    Abby

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe you caught all that! Those darn raccoons look so cute, but they can be nasty…

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      Right, really the raccoon looked kinda dopey and cute…maybe starfish are to raccoons like bamboo is to koalas

  • Reply July 8, 2011

    inka

    What a drama! Love your pictures and captions. So, so funny.

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      Thanks Inka

  • Great blow-by-blow detail! It is amazing what animals will do. I have seen birds attack other birds to keep them away from their food but not something so much larger.

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      I was amazed too. It was crazy to see the raccoon bark back at the bird too.

  • Reply July 8, 2011

    Faith

    I’m near a bird sanctuary right now and between that and the beach have been watching birds fight a lot lately–mostly with each other, but occasionally with squirrels and other small animals. A raccoon is much bigger, though! Those raccoon photos are really great!

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      So this bird sanctuary that you’re at is like the wild animal Thunderdome. Crazy. I’ve never seen a bird attack a squirrel.

  • Reply July 9, 2011

    robin

    Fantastic! Well done for capturing it!!

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      Thanks Robin

  • Reply July 10, 2011

    Theodora

    Great series of shots! Well done.

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      Thanks Theodora

  • Reply July 10, 2011

    Christina

    Wow, all that action going down in Stanley Park? Great story, and great pictures!

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      Yeah, who knew Stanley Park was so full of wild animal actions. There was also this family of ducks & ducklings.

  • Reply July 11, 2011

    Grace

    Way to go bird! I’ve never like raccoons as they tend to steal anything. Great actions shots.

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      I’ve never known anyone to be so against raccoons. hahaha.

  • Oh, nature, gotta love it :) Never seen something like this, at least that I can remember. Cool that you happened to be around for it. Poor starfish though :(

    • Reply July 20, 2011

      Bob

      Right, that was the thing…all around Stanley Park there were animals eating Starfish. It was tragic.

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