Epic battle in the skies

In a brief interlude to my day today I witnessed part of what looked like an epic and ongoing battle in the skies between a Buzzard (Buteo buteo) and a rather battle weary and ragged looking Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix). 

From the look of the feathers on the crow he had had his wings clipped on more than one occasion by his old adversary.

Sadly, I couldn’t linger to observe more than five minutes of this drama but it was a great experience to see the spectacle of wild lives played out in the skies above the busy city. Buzzards are becoming more and more common in the skies above Ireland each year as their range slowly creeps westward.

They are a fantastic and easily observed bird of prey as they majestically soar, in high circular patterns, especially on warm days where they can be seen effortlessly riding the warm updrafts of air.

If you do happen upon them, and they often appear in pairs, stay a while and listen for the unmistakable shrill of their call, a quintessential bird of prey call.

If you would like more information on these magnificent birds, The Irish Raptor Study Group on Facebook is a good place to start as is Birdwatch Ireland’s Website.


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