Sparrowhawk Mobbing at Seven Sisters (and some garden extras)

The late summer weather is proving to be so much better than the early part of the season. These shots were taken at Seven Sisters, just along the coast from here. I'd been photographing some distant cormorants and egrets when a sudden burst of noise caused me to look above. A small (male?) sparrowhawk was being thoroughly mobbed by a pack of crows.

A kestrel underwent a similar experience (by a rook), but the distance was too great to capture on camera. The same can't be said for the regular coterie of garden visitors. Two foxes and two badgers tonight. Here's one of the badgers (the adult), followed by a shot each of Shy Boy and Shutterbug.

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Camera note: sparrowhawk shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens; the badger and Shy Boy taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens; Shutterbug snapped with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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  1. gdare September 5, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Poor sparrowhawk, crows are persistent local bullies :awww:

  2. derWandersmann September 5, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Yep. It's a trait common among social birds. Nice shots, Words … and Shutterbug looks quite at home.

  3. SittingFox September 8, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    That mobster looks like a jackdaw to me – maybe it's just the light? Great photos!

  4. Words September 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    dW, all the corvids seem to do this (except jays (that I've seen). Magpies can be very persistent when they are in the mood for fight.

  5. Words September 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Erwin, thanks!

  6. Words September 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Darko, raptors do seem attract their attention.

  7. Words September 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Adele, you may be right. I really looked closely at those photos and in the end opted for 'crow' based on the eye colour.

  8. derWandersmann September 11, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    Originally posted by Words:

    except jays

    I've seen bluejays do it; if I were the target, I'd be in real trouble, because if they can, they kill.

  9. Words September 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    dW, crows can be pretty vicious too, and when it comes to it I'm a coward so if I am ever assaulted by a gang of bluejays I'm taking cover.

  10. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Very nice shots