Steve wrote, "A male Red-Winged Blackbird was attacking an Ostrich in the enclosure. The bird would land on the Ostrich's back and peck or pull its feathers. There was a female Blackbird around too, so I'm assuming that there was a nest nearby."
Whatever the cause, I can tell the blackbird is angry. Look at his red shoulders!
Zoom! The blackbird attacks the ostrich.
The ostrich takes a few steps but not enough. The blackbird attacks from behind...
...then circles back for another attack.
Victory! The blackbird lands on the ostrich while his mate watches from above.
"I don't care how big you are!" says the blackbird, "Get out of here!"
The blackbird won the battle but not the war. The ostrich isn't going to leave the enclosure.
Fortunately the ostrich was merely annoyed.
For Steve's entire photo sequence, click here.
(photos by Steve Valasek)