Kevin McGowan, instructor of the Lab’s online course in bird behavior,
Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds, describes the
feeding behaviors of Bald Eagles and Northwestern Crows on a beach near
A large Robber Fly (Asilidae) takes down one of it’s own (perhaps another species or at least the opposite gender). As formidable hunters and with apparent insatiable appetites, it is not unusual to see “cannibalistic” feeding behaviour amongst the Asilids. This could also be related to ill-rehearsed and poorly-timed approaches by males in an attempt to court females.
Cousin to Boggarts and Bogeyman, the Bogle is a primitive creature, closer to Boggarts than any other of the fear-creatures. Bogles simply create enlarged shadows and an uneasy feeling, rather than targeting specific fears as Boggarts do, but are more than capable of devouring people into the shadows in a manner reminiscent to some of the feeding behaviour of Lethifolds, leading to some to draw a possible link. While Lethifolds are still considered more closely tied to Dementors than to Boggarts, the tie is an interesting one, but requires farther study into all fear and despair beasts (including Boggarts, Bogles, Bogeymen, Dementors, Lethifolds and Set-Aasith) before any kind of verification can be given.
Most Bogles are found in largely magical woods throughout Britain, though some are rumoured to be found in Forbidden Forests and Enchanted Gardens elsewhere in Europe - apparently drawn in by the magic - and in long-magical forests in France, such as
Brocéliande. They are also commonly sighted around locations claimed by the Fae, particularly Unseelie Fae, who, it is believed, encourage the presence of the creatures to provide them with more fear to draw on for their magic and for sustenance. Like Boggarts, however, Bogles can be dispelled by laughter, not simply being repelled but fully disintegrating. They can also be repelled by suitably bright light, rather as European Gytrashes are.