Day 144: Potatoes in the Dark

While many feathered beings prefer to stalk prey during the day, sometimes circumstances necessitate a nighttime hunting run.

(NOTE: This is not recommended for untrained novices, who should first be instructed by a master before attempting a solo “night hunt.”)

When stalking prey after dark, it is good to use all available camouflage.

If you and the prey share some colors in common, even better.

Best of all, try to choose prey that is large, slow, and has poor vision and hearing….this can greatly speed up the “hunt to table” process.

Beyond this, there are several techniques to give you a better shot at taking down your selected prey on the first try.

This technique is called the "open beak and pounce." Here, you are already eating your dinner before your prey even realizes it is on the menu!

This technique is called the “Open Beak and Pounce.” Here, you are already eating your dinner before your prey even realizes it is on the menu!

This technique is called the "who me?" Here, the effect is similar to swatting at a mosquito in the dark, nip, nip, nip, as you take little bites then pull away before your prey can ID you.

This technique is called the “Who Me?” Here, the effect is similar to swatting at a mosquito in the dark, nip, nip, nip, as you take little bites then pull away before your prey can ID you.

This technique is called "I'm so cute and helpless." The prey will be moved by compassion and offer itself up, saving you the effort of stalking (it will never even know how ferocious you are!)

This technique is called “I’m So Cute and Helpless.” The prey will be moved by compassion and offer itself up, saving you the effort of stalking (it will never even know how ferocious you are!)

This technique is called the "friendly introduction." Here, introducing yourself will let you get closer and closer to your unsuspecting prey, until......!

This technique is called the “Friendly Introduction.” Here, sweetly introducing yourself will let you get closer and closer to your unsuspecting prey, until……!

This technique is called "I think I love you" as, overcome by ardor, your smitten prey will keel right over, exposing its soft underbelly for your dining pleasure.

This technique is called “I Think I Love You.” Here, making protestations of love and devotion will cause your prey to be overcome by ardor, so much so that it will keel right over, exposing its soft underbelly for your dining pleasure.

This technique is called "Requesting Backup." Here, you call in the (large, featherless) reinforcements to do the stalking part for you.

This technique is called “Requesting Backup.” Here, you call in the (large, featherless) reinforcements to do the heavy lifting for you. (P.S. This technique is best if you are very hungry!)

Author: Shannon Cutts
Co-Author: Pearl Cutts

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