This is Spider;
Spider is a rescue cat we have no idea where her unusual name came from, she is a normal cat, fairly lazy and as you can see likes to pinch the dog's bed! Even though she has never swiped at the Molly the dog, Molly is an uber-wimp and will not push Spider out of her bed.
Like most cats now and then Spider makes half hearted attempts at chasing birds, she is too lazy and tubby to catch them but it doesn't stop her acting like the big huntress :)
This is a Red Kite;
Gorgeous aren't they? We have a few around here they have a wingspan of around 5 feet and are fairly large birds.
A couple of days ago I was sat on my sofa by the open patio doors reading whilst the cats were outside sunning themselves when all of a sudden a pair of these glorious birds came into view circling each other touching talon and wings in what appeared to be some type of mating ritual. They landed in my garden no more than 15 feet from me and right next to the trampoline which Spider was napping underneath.
My initial reaction was to grab the camera until I noticed my little cat had decided she didn't care that both of these birds were far far bigger than her or that they had sharp talons and beaks they were birds she was a cat and they had foolishly touched down close enough that she actually had a chance to catch one of them! Camera forgotten I ran out calling Spider to keep her away from her "prey" that would have hospitalised if not killed her and was thankful that my shouting was enough to make her pause and the birds fly.
It would have been wonderful to get some photo's so close of these beautiful birds but it is much more so to have my lovely cat un-harmed even if she is now swaggering around and acting like even more of a queen :)
This is my tale for Storytelling Sunday pop along to Sian's blog and have a look at the others and join in the fun :)