Midnight on day 3 (March 12) found the coyotes on sight. They fed very aggressively for about 30 minutes. Again, the pair fed in shifts. At 6:30 AM, Blondie made her first appearance of the day.
She gave us some great photos in that time.
The bobcat stopped by at about 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. Each time, he grabbed a few mouthfuls and then headed into the swamp, seemingly to rest and digest between visits.
The coyotes returned at dusk. Blondie and her mate returned repeatedly during the night.
Anytime that there wasn’t a predator on the carcass, the ravens would be. You can just picture them sitting safely in the treetops, waiting for any opportunity to swoop in for their share.
Again midnight on day 4 (March 13), found a pair of coyotes already feasting.
This was the busiest of days, with more than 700 pictures taken.
There was a coyote at the carcass ever hour of the day and night.
They seemed to be trying to deprive the ever-present ravens of even a single bite.
Blondie showed up in the late afternoon and got her fair share.
You can clearly see in one photo one coyote waiting in the background while another ate.
This behavior goes against all of the images that I have had in my mind of what takes place at a carcass. I suspect it may be very different if it was a fresh kill, especially if the group took part in the chase and kill.
The consuming took place all night.