What is the next thing you see? Look up at the top right corner and notice the bald eagle soaring above the cows. Wait, did I say a BALD EAGLE is in my calving pasture?! YES I did!!
I wish I had my camera at that moment. But my description of that scene will have to suffice. And the photos I do have are quite grainy as the eagles are quite a ways off, but I couldn't pass up sharing them with you!
Usually a cow will eat her own placenta. I don't know the scientific explanation for that, other than it is good nutrition and it also protects the calf from predators that may find the afterbirth and come looking for a newborn calf. Often, the cow becomes distracted and will leave the site where she gave birth and the placenta will be left behind.
If you are interested in more information about eagles, check out the Decorah eagle cam alerts! They have set up a webcam on an eagle's nest and can watch as eggs are laid and later hatch! What a wonderful learning tool.
So as I marvel at Mother Nature and the beauty of the eagles, I hope to never become tired of the view of a newborn calf and his mama. Nature at its finest!
For more pictures and information about newborn calves, check out these posts:
- A Baby is Born: photos of the birth of a calf--up close!
- Visitors witness a big surprise--the birth of a calf!: what a perfect way to end a visit!
- Just hitchin' a ride: sometimes we have to bring the calf and new mama in to the barn
- Wordless Wednesday: Baby Calves are Here!
And you can find even more information about newborn calves by searching my blog for the words "Baby Calves" or "newborn calves."