Wednesday, 24 July 2013
More Buzzard Activity
I filmed this earlier today and it is likely to be quite interesting even for non bird lovers.
The action starts around 23 seconds in when you will see a large buzzard eating and at the same time you will hear a squeaking sound from a smaller bird. The squeaks are coming from one of the buzzards from last years batch and that means this bird is about fourteen months old and still a bit of a chick by buzzard standards.
This is a particularly remarkable young buzzard because it (not sure of it's a he or she) is not afraid to fight for its rights when it comes to food. The large buzzard often harries and tries to intimidate it by swooping down and making loud buzzard calls in an effort to scare it away, but the young buzzard who so far seems to be incapable of making a proper and very distinctive buzzard call in response just stands its ground or beats a tactical retreat only to return with a squeak to challenge the authority of the larger aggressor.
But here's a word of warning for the aggressor: This young chick has form and early this year (see vid below) it did the impossible by pinning down the dominant breeding male and rendering him totally helpless. Bear in mind the young buzzard at that time was only a few months old.
I think the star of these videos is undoubtedly a future dominant buzzard and definitely one I will be keeping a close eye on.