Thursday, July 6, 2017

Memories - The Hunters

Warning! This post includes the bodies of a rabbit and squirrel as well as the usual prey caught by Eric and Flynn. Please do not read on if it is likely to upset you.

Eric and Flynn were always very good hunters. The following photos show their prey and although I don't want to upset people with photos of dead bodies, it was a big part of their life.


Flynn normally didn't catch birds, he left that to Eric.


Eric always made sure he ended up with them though.


He always knew when they were hiding in the hedge.


Sometimes they were too ambitious.


They knew when it was better to just watch.


This is one of my favourite photos of Flynn in mid pounce.


It was very rare for a mouse to get away from him.


Sometimes he would eat it.....


but more often gave it to Eric.


Eric also was capable of catching his own mice, although he always appreciated it when Flynn presented him with one.


He was never one to turn down a free meal.


Bunnies were also a welcome visitor for Eric. (Sorry Speedy)


Also where Flynn was concerned, a squirrel had a one way ticket if it came into the garden.


Moles were also kept under control.
The wildlife here must be thanking their lucky stars now they don't have to watch out for the Mighty Hunters.

44 comments:

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

They were two mighty hunters! Well done boys!

Mr Puddy said...

OMC ! Eric, you were a champion !
Me used to hunt da birdy too when I were in Australia.In Bangkok, in some how I don't do birdies, but something else like lizards, mousie, and some big bugs.
I hope your mom and dad have a good day!
=^x^-

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

They were both great hunters. Squirrels are really tough to get, that is impressive. I love that shot of Flynn mid pounce too. XO

Brian said...

I always admired those hunting skills and the purrfect pounces too!

The Whiskeratti said...

They truly were amazing hunters.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Wow! They really had amazing hunting skills!

The Island Cats said...

We have to say we were always impressed with Eric and Flynn's hunting skills.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

Such skill! Why, I think you must have caught more bigger varmints than dog-guy! though he has gotten a coon and some groundhogs...yup, and bunnies. No squirrels though.

John Bellen said...

They were indeed superb hunters. Though it's sad to see animals die, it is part of nature, especially on a farm. Certainly, the boys were quick when they despatched their prey.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Masterful hunters and such style leaping like a ballet dancer!

Summer said...

Eric and Flynn were SUCH impressive hunters! And how cool was it that they would share their catch with each other.

When the cat is away said...

Wow! Great work!! We're very impressed!

WILLIE........! =^..^= said...

Oh! My! Goodness! What a pair of hunters...
And rabbits and squirrels to...Squirrels
are nice, especially cooked over a Barbecue,
eaten a few over the years..but, pussy~cats
can't be bothered with the cooking! Bless!xx

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

The mid-pounce photo is our favourite!

Purrs,
The Chas

Roby Sweet said...

That mid-pounce photo is great! You can just feel his energy! :)

Gemini and Ichiro said...

What hunters those boys were!

Kari said...

The boys were certainly great hunters but they were also so beautiful to see as they went about their hunt.
The ginger and white furs , seeing the patterns change with different angles has always been something we've so enjoyed. And there was always a hearty laugh knowing dear Eric would always be willing to nom the catches.

The Creative Cat said...

Natural toys. Yes, the mid-pounce shot is great!

Mark Muller said...

I'm deep impressed... and I love this photo too... it's so full of energy and it is "the" moment you caught with your cam... oh how I wish I will become such a mighty hunter like you ...

Austin Towers said...

Those boys were the undisputed champion hunters of the blogosphere!! Love those shots, especially the mid pounce one!! ❤️

Madi and Mom said...

Your two handsome Devons always amazed us with their skills
Hugs madi and mom

Just Ducky said...

Good hunting, mum could use you to keep the skwerls away from the bird feeders.

William's Kith & Kin said...

We'd all emulate the boys if we went out. It's what cats are supposed to do!

Katie Isabella said...

Boy, my old great great great great great great great great grannie Robin was a hunter without peer! The boys would have loved to have had her along as she caught all of the above and more. Just like the boys! She was indoor outdoor and man, when she went out in the day, she was BIZZY!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

doodz.....we iz crackin UP !!!!! tho we iz sir prized ya dinna tag teem N take down that bass terd gooze burd....like in fotoz 4 & 5 if ya had made de VEE closer

.....faaaaaaaaaa...

him hada nerve comin inta yur yard frum de get go :) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Caren Gittleman said...

I think Eric and Flynn were the BEST hunters I have ever seen! That "mid-pounce" photo is just great! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! Such hunting skills! My Flynn was a cold-blooded murderer. We could have used him in da hood.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

We miss Flynn - we can't even imagine your sense of loss (we didn't know Eric, but wish we had)! You have two special boys and no one will forget them. I especially love the posts including both of them :)

Jans Funny Farm said...

The mighty hunters, Eric and Flynn. The ginger boys are greatly missed.

meowmeowmans said...

Eric and Flynn were mighty hunters, indeed! We sure do miss them. <3

Nellie Kowalik said...

My they were mighty hunters!! I remember Nellie dragging a mole across the backyard once and it was almost as big as her.
Kozmo has been bringing Dave mice for presents this week. Did the boys do that for you?
Love Barb

Marg said...

That is just nature, that kitties go after other animals. It is sad, but that is just how nature works. Great pictures of you Eric and Flynn catching everything. We all miss you too.

Just Mags said...

The best hunters we ever saw and so handsome. They did love to hunt and what great photos you captured of them doing so. Hugs

Laila and Minchie said...

Mighty hunters indeed! No mancat will ever come close to being that good.

LP said...

They truly were really impressive hunters if they could catch squirrels! The mid-pounce shot is wonderful!

the critters in the cottage xo

Three Chatty Cats said...

What mighty hunters!

Marie Symeou said...

They were obviously great hunters.

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Little Binky and Granny said...

WOW! You two were born hunters...well, I guess that's obvious😹 You could have taught me some of that bunny hunting, Angel Eric, as I had never had one before😸🐇Pawkisses for a Happy Day😘❤😻

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

You guys were the best hunters ever.

Marty the Manx said...

The Boys were mighty hunters :)

Bionic Basil said...

Guys, mew two are the best hunters effur, we have a lot of the same happening here! MOL

Big hugs

Basil & Co xox

nylabluesmum said...

Mee-you Flynn an Eric WERE Mitey Hunterss all rite!!! Mee Brofur Tyerrone iss a mitey hunter at thee farm bringin Mumma Mary-Ellen all sortss of giftss, mew mew mew.... As fur mee, mee wood bee a mitey hunter all so xcept there iss a walkin vest rapped around mee attached to a leed attached to a LadyMum...you gets thee pickture Lady Jackie.....now mee DID catch Chasey chipmunk inn mee mouth 2 weekss ago. Mee not sure what to do with him.(Sum hunter huh?) LadyMum told mee to "Put Chasey down!" so mee did. Hee squeeked "Fankss" an ran away. Now wee play tag efurry day...hee iss not scared of mee...weerd....
LadyMum sayss Flynn & Eric were so hansum an mee agreess; yur feerless hunterss!
***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx
Pee S: Fankss fur comin bye mee Birthday bloggie yesterday all so :)

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

It sure never bothers US to see a cat with prey. And it never bothers TBT. He says there are too many mousies, voles, and sparrows in the world as it is. We allus get PRAISED when he sees us with one. He says and we agree that hunting is something that kept us all (relatively) normal and happy!

And We and He allus enjoyed seeing Eric and Flynn catching them too. It made US happy and we know it made THEM happy.

We still have never caught a skwerl though... Our gray ones are a bit larger and faster than your red ones.

Beth Waltz said...

It's good to learn those pills are doing their job! And thanks for sharing these photos of the boys doing the job of vermin control that cats have been doing for us since we all moved into a hut together with the mice. That pix of the boys reconsidering the attack on the Muscovy duck gave me a giggle for the morning: cats make that mistake only once, and everyone hears about it!