Friday, 26 September 2008

King of the Sky [Skywatch Friday]

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Which bird is the king of the sky on your local patch? On Blackberry hill it is the Buzzard, which seems to be the King...

Buzzard chase

…or that's what I thought until I saw this and revised my opinion.

Buzzard chase

The buzzard could hardly enter the skies over Blackberry hill without constantly being harassed by the crows.

Buzzard chase

quite often, the tables turn and the Buzzard tries to get rid of the annoying crow…

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but the crows return to haunt the king!

Buzzard chase

Quite often, the Buzzard’s only option is to fly low and get out of the crow’s  territory.

Buzzard

However, the crows don’t actually frighten the Buzzards and are mostly a major annoyance than a threat, and when it rules there is none to threaten the buzzard…

Buzzard

The Kestrel too shares the same territory with the king, but being half the size, it barely poses any challenge…

Kestrel

 

…and I suppose, the Kestrel already has enough to deal with from the crows and the Magpies!

Kestrel chase

The Buzzards reinforce their dominance by hunting in pairs…

Buzzard chase

…but as with most business partnerships, there’s bound to be a bit of tension..

Buzzard chase

resulting in one showing the other, who is more of a king!

Buzzard chase

So who is really the King of the skies? is it the Buzzard?

Buzzard

Hmmm…well, not quite so…..all the birds – the magpies, the crows, the kestrel and even the big buzzards give way without contest to this challenger-

Minolta 500mm f8 birding 147

the big bad metal bird!

13 comments:

  1. Pretty Cool Photo Series!
    Happy SWF

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  2. Your birds in flight are so amazing! And to create a storyline about the series is incredible! Great pics!

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  3. Amazing bird photos. I liked the twist at the end of the tale!

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  4. Stunning catch! Great job... Hope you can visit my entry too... Happy SWF!

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  5. Our red-shouldered hawks are the rulers of the skies here.
    Great photos! Really enjoy your site.
    Nina at Nature Remains

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  6. Your neck must have hurt after getting all those great shots! Fun series!

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  7. Great series, with some awesome photos.

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  8. Wow. I have never seen anything like this. Love your commentary too. great skywatch.

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  9. Great series of photos. Our largest bird here is a wedge tail eagle. I've watched them being chased away by magpies, crows and on rare occations small raptors.
    I'd love to have a nesting pair on the farm it's just that the smaller birds seem to object.

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  10. Raptors are my favourite birds.. so this set of pictures really did please me.. as you say though the crows certainly give them hell....

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  11. Wonderful series and an interesting story.

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