Nikonian Bird Photographers

Started Mar 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
RogP
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Re: Nikonian Bird Photographers
In reply to Birdman7, Mar 11, 2012

Birdman7 wrote:

Wrong, but yes the raptor is indeed a STE.

The Gull is a Yellow-legged Gull. These gulls see the migrating STE (and other species) as a threat to its large colony and they all go out on-mass to attack and drive away the threat....The gulls do not know this is snake/feeding eagle u see.

Interesting! Looks too dark on the back for Yellow-legged, but that must be an artifact of the photo. I see that you've only c 500 pairs of Lesser-blacks (Birdlife International 2002) so Yellow-legged is certainly more likely! In my experience gulls are much more cautious with the more dangerous raptors - they treat our Peregrines with much more care than the Buzzards - perhaps your Spanish gulls are less discerning....!

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