Buzzard and Herring Gull

There’s a lot of this going on the skies above Sussex at the moment. The buzzards are up high, enjoying the summer thermals and the herring gulls are in their most dedicated defence mode (young chicks to protect). The result? buzzards being chased all over the skies. These shots were taken early this morning.

buzzard and herring gull

Buzzard being chased or mobbed by a herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

buzzard and herring gull

And here’s one of the vulnerable chicks 😉

Herring gull chick

One bonus photo for tonight as I always enjoy seeing the Painted Ladies arrive from Europe. The butterfly that is. Not many around yet, but if the weather holds this could be a good year for butterflies.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Adele June 9, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    Interesting to see a gull so close to the buzzard – they’re very similar in size. This definitely seems to be mobbing season. I saw a poor heron being needlessly harassed by a tattered crow a few days ago.

    • Words June 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      Adele, yes there’s a lot of this going on at the moment. So many young to feed/protect!

  2. Darko June 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    That chick is smart to stay hidden 😀

    • Words June 11, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      Darko, look out for my next blog (tonight I hope). The chick is getting bold 😉