This ugly, though protected and loved by many, murdering sod has chosen to decimate my small pond which has seen it's beautiful collection of gorgeous coloured small fish, numbering around forty, reduced to barely a handful. Amongst the losses was a large yellow patriarch that had survived several "visits" over six years. Yesterday evening I had covered the pond temporarily with chicken wire. On looking out of the window at the killer's favourite hour of dusk, there it was. Large as life squatting at the edge of the now protected pool and on the non-easy take off path. Out we all charged, led by the Doberman and Mrs OR with a large stick. The Dobie went past this massive target at too high a speed to spot it. The creature sort of looked puzzled and then realised there was a rear guard. It now attempted to do a jump jet take off only to become entangled in the willow branches above and fall, in a canopy of massive wingspan, back to the ground. Now Mrs OR was right on it but knew not what to do. It then launched forward and upward with barely enough flying speed, eventually gaining momentum only to ricochet off the ancient Bramley directly in it's path. Stunned it kept flapping and once more gained height and began a curving, climbing trajectory up and away into the clear sky.
Now it is suggested that such a fright would deter it from returning but this afternoon I saw it or a close relative circle the house. I no longer know if it is still intent on clearing the pond of my poor little fish or is acting with malevolence towards all of us!
You might find them a lovely creature of nature but for me it's a murdering bastard!