Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was a ritual in our house growing up. Sunday evenings, Marlin Perkins took us on animal adventures all around the world.
Tonight our yard was our own wild kingdom. Here our prairie panther stalked a young Grackle, after the poor bird had been dropped from the talons of a hawk who had attacked its nest. In this image, they are both looking at the surrounding trees as the flock of Grackles screamed at them.
The stalking was interrupted by a big dopey dog who thought the bird was a snack, but then dropped it and batted it around. Upon last inspection, it was breathing sighs of relief on a branch I had set it upon....
It is never a dull moment around here.