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Swallows Mobbing Sparrowhawk

Observed: 5th September 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Sparrowhawk, mobbed by Swallows, Chicksands Wood, 2013-09-05 005
Sparrowhawk, mobbed by Swallows, Chicksands Wood, 2013-09-05 007
Sparrowhawk, mobbed by Swallows, Chicksands Wood, 2013-09-05 008 closeup
Sparrowhawk, mobbed by Swallows, Chicksands Wood, 2013-09-05 011
Description:

Three or four swallows giving this Sparrowhawk a hard time. I've never seen this before, hence the extra pictures.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts

Comments

Ray Turner's picture

Interesting

Very.

Ray

Ray

Simon Walker's picture

It Is

Isn't it.

Simon
:-)

Eskling's picture

Heroic!

Great to see a co-operative defence effort! I've also read about swallows dive-bombing people near nest sites but haven't seen it myself.

Philip

scarpermac's picture

Coo..

A fantastic moment to witness and capture on 'film' too! Nice one

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