The hunter outside.

The frost never lifted yesterday…

The huge trees that surround our house provide cover for the furry creatures during the summer, but in winter things are very different! You can count the shadows dancing from branch to branch. Some feathered and some furred. There is usually an eerie quite before he strikes…

No hiding place from stealth attack!
No hiding place from stealth attack!

By the time the Rooks and Ravens know what’s happening, the Buzzards have taken their victim. They are very stealthy hunters these ones. One usually appears from nowhere before screaming it’s piercing cry just above the tree-line sending the crows into panic mode. As all the critters of the trees look to the massive bird of prey above them, his mate attacks from beneath them all.

It’s usually a nest raid in the spring time, but in winter it’s ‘Squirrel delight’.

1-IMG_2283As the unsuspecting import from America (The Grey Squirrel) is clutched from its Perch, the ‘crow squadron’ is regrouping and concentrating on the first bird of prey.

The second slips away with prize in talons.

Another event of nature unfolds in the woods of Ireland today.

 

Beware the sound of silence in the woods!

'Decoy Buzzard' makes itself visible from above.
‘Decoy Buzzard’ makes itself visible from above.
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7 thoughts on “The hunter outside.

    1. Yip definately the European common Buzzard, keen scavenger and lethal hunters when the opportunity arises. The biggest hawk we have in Ireland is a Sparrowhawk…about half this size. This pair have been in the area for a few years now and I see them every day from my back garden. The only other bird of prey this size is the Red Kite, but they are rare as they were only recently introduced. Thanks for liking! Steve

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      1. Yes I had to google, “you all” call a type of hawk a buzzard, while we only call vultures or turkey vultures, buzzards, for short. How interesting!

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