Something was very keen to chase off this White-tailed Eagle. It looks to me like a Buzzard, but it seems quite small and there are also Hen Harriers in the area, so I'd appreciate a more expert opinion. Sorry the photos are rather distant.
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I bow to Pete and Robbo's greater experience (even if it's a wild guess), and myself see nothing on the smaller bird that doesn't say buzzard.
Re Pete's comment on "real life", last year we watched a Common Buzzard tangling with a Golden Eagle up in the Bernese Oberland. One has to look twice. And then look again. And then have another look just to be sure that buzzards can look so small.
Just adding some observation info re the amazing versatility,Common Buzzard, Here in Devon,we regularly have Buzzards being bombarded by the Corvid population,but yesterday and previous day,Buzzard chasing the Collared Dove and missed its hold as it shot past the window,with Dove losing many feathers,but escaped its grasp, and then, yesterday almost knocked itself out on the kitchen window chasing Blackbird,that craftily flew down and up into the bushes,but not giving up Buzzard tried to follow,but could not get up among the twisted branches, but sat,watching for several minutes ,with its tail beautifully fanned,
In reply to SunnyKate2:
SunnyKate2 said:Here in Devon
Your description thoroughly deserves that overused initialism "OMG", SunnyKate.
And to think that for years I thought that they just sat around on fence posts on motorway verges...
Have you ever seen that very low lozenge-shape fly-by they do occasionally?
In reply to LesleyL:
LesleyL said:I've never seen this behaviour from raptors before. There are quite a few in the area, but they mostly seem to ignore each other.
Here, raptor rumbles seem to be species (and period) dependent.
Buzzards get off lightly (although, of course, they have a hard time from crows and Ravens); Golden Eagles are often buzzed by smaller raptors (Sparrowhawks and Kestrels). Kestrels (depending on the date) will have a go at pretty much anything, including Black Kites and Red Kites.
Generally, the local Peregrines keep themselves to themselves, although they'll tangle with one another over territory, if briefly.
I've not seen anyone mess with a Goshawk, even a relative youngster.
But I don't see everything of course; far from it.
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