Battle of the birds

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Mxyzptlk
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Battle of the birds

Postby Mxyzptlk » Tue May 10, 2016 7:38 am

Just before sun-up at the end of April a knock-down-drag-out took place between a couple of the resident Starlings in our orchard. Went on for over twenty minutes while interested avian spectators looked-on and a unfazed Blackbird fossicked for worms around and about the pair. Then the squabble stopped as suddenly as it started and the two stood back, ignored one another, blinked and flew away.
Pics taken through double glaze with damn all light.
starling squabble i 160428 107 tsr 2386 small.jpg
starling squabble i 160428 107 tsr 2386 small.jpg (64.91 KiB) Viewed 460 times
starling squabble iii 160428 107 tsr 2405 small.jpg
starling squabble iii 160428 107 tsr 2405 small.jpg (56.03 KiB) Viewed 460 times
starling squabble ii 160428 107 tsr 2397 small.jpg
starling squabble ii 160428 107 tsr 2397 small.jpg (68.28 KiB) Viewed 460 times
TheBirderman
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Re: Battle of the birds

Postby TheBirderman » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:05 pm

I have seen something similar to this on the Auckland Domain where I witnessed 2 Blackbirds in a scurry with one another.
Ian Southey
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Re: Battle of the birds

Postby Ian Southey » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:15 pm

You might be interested in this then
https://www.notornis.osnz.org.nz/system ... _4_293.pdf

Ian

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