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Sparrowhawk mobbed by swallows

Observed: 10th August 2012 By: rstewartbrstewartb’s reputation in Birdsrstewartb’s reputation in Birdsrstewartb’s reputation in Birdsrstewartb’s reputation in Birdsrstewartb’s reputation in Birds
Sparrowhawk mobbed by swallows over the Carse
Sparrowhawk mobbed by swallows over the Carse
Sparrowhawk mobbed by swallows over the Carse
Sparrowhawk mobbed by swallows over the Carse
Sparrowhawk mobbed by swallows over the Carse
Description:

This sparrowhawk was being mobbed by 3 swallows. This was happening at the same time and in the same area as 3 buzzards were rising on a thermal and a red kite was cruising by. The most raptors I have seen at one time over this farmland. Perhaps the newly mown farmland (covered with hunting gulls) had something to do with it.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts

Comments

KelsaeJohn's picture

Great photos Roger

They give a great sense of action. Reminds me of Battle of Britain dog-fights with Spitfires and Heinkels!

rstewartb's picture

Thanks. I had exactly the

Thanks. I had exactly the same thought. I was even humming the BofB theme tune as I pressed the shutter!

Ray Turner's picture

Fascinating

Fascinating!!

Ray

Ray