Monday, 22 September 2008

Magpies Bullying a Kestrel

Last week, I`d  posted about Magpies harassing a Kestrel in the sky. This week I saw more of that. This time it was on the ground. While out searching for birds to photograph, I spied a Kestrel landing in the grass far away. I was walking towards it when a Magpie flew up and sat near the Kestrel.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

The Kestrel seemed wary of the intruder and kept her eyes trained on it. The magpie hopped closer and closer, but seemed to be holding out for something.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

As if in response to that, another Magpie flew in and landed a few feet away from the Kestrel.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

Even then they didn’t attack and seemed to be biding their time. It wasn’t long before yet another Magpie flew in to join the other two, forming a triangle to box in the kestrel!

Magpies bullying Kestrel

Then the first magpie made its move and jumped one step closer. Too close for the Kestrels comfort I`d say, as the Kestrel responded by jumping back at the Magpie.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

The Magpie cooly jumped just out of reach of the kestrel and sat there annoyingly. It seemed that the three bullies had a plan. The Kestrel took its eyes off Magpie No.1 briefly to take a look at No.3 and reassess its situation.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

I suppose that was the cue they were waiting for. Magpie No.1 jumped up to strike the kestrel while the other two Magpies closed the distance and moved in on their target.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

The Kestrel tries to strike back at his primary attacker, only for it to jump out of reach, but even as it was doing this, the second Magpie Jumps at the Kestrel, who turns towards it to defend itself.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

This again opens up the Kestrel’s defences behind it and the first magpie took another strike at it.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

Finding itself outnumbered and out of depths, the kestrel decides to flee…

Magpies bullying Kestrel

…the magpies sense their victory and decide to give chase….

Magpies bullying Kestrel

…and everything becomes a blur as my camera struggles to keep up with the fast action.

Magpies bullying Kestrel

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