Wood pigeon vs. Sparrowhawk

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  1. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    Just got back to the campervan and there's a kerfuffle in the tree about 30 meters away. Wood pigeon and raptor fall out of it....it's a sparrowhawk and the pigeon doesn't seem to be able to fly.

    Next thing, another pigeon attacks the hawk and the two have a stand-off on the fence, while the wounded/exhausted one sits on the floor.

    All 3 have a scrap on the ground, I'm waving my hands like an idiot :wooo:, and the hawk goes off and sits on the JCB that the campsite have parked nearby, before attempting a swoop and flying off.

    The poor pigeon has now waddled over to the bush next to my utility tent and is hiding. It looks a bit worse for wear, to say the least :Sad:

    Any predictions on how this is going to end?
     
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    Pigeon pie? :Smile:
     
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    interfering with nature rarely ends well..:Sad:

    the pigeon will no doubt die from its injuries and the hawk will fly off and kill another bird for its dinner, so 2 dead birds rather than 1
     
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    I'm not sure why I do it, it's just nature and it's what sparrowhawks do, but I'm the same in the garden when one turns up there and attacks the birds I'm feeding.

    There's a blue tit in this bush and just now it was making a racket. Next thing, the sparrowhawk jumps out of the bush and is standing on my tent looking at me. It's flown off now, but it obviously knows the pigeon is here.
     
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    May as well get out there finish it off and take the breast off, dredge with seasoned flour and fry in a little butter, Mmmm. just waiting for my quail to finish cooking now .
     
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    :Eeek: I took a couple of pigeon breasts away from the Chester food festival a few years ago. Not that impressed...obviously it needed the flour.

    The poor thing seems to be breathing really quickly now :Sad:
     
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    Sadly there is only one winner
    the Sparrowhawk will finish his dinner:Wink:
     
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    chocolate sauce:thumb::thumb:
     
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    I'm sorry to say this but you should really go and finish it off.After all it's only suffering because you intervened in the first place.It should be dead by now and sitting in the great oak tree in the sky!






    Vlad the exterminator
     
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    Oi! What's that supposed to mean? :Eeek::BigGrin:

    Assuming a) my waving put the hawk off enough in the first place, b) the second pigeon wouldn't have intervened again, and c) the next person to have walked past (it's a busy site) wouldn't have shifted it, you're probably right :Sad:

    I can't even see the pigeon now..it must have shuffled further into the bush. I'm not climbing in there!
     
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    pluck clean stuffed with onion and garlic stuffing in tin foil with sprinkling of balsamick vinegar withe sprinkling of shuger then finished off by blow torch or BBQ YUM YUM
     
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    Your as soft as I am when it comes to animals... :BigGrin:
     
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    Wood pigeons have a very thick coat of feathers so probably ok and just shaken up and you did a good job of scarring the sparrow hawk away so just have a drink and forget all about it
     
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    I love wood pigeons they save my partridge from attacks b**st**d sparrow hawks, buzzards and Magpies, to many predatory birds about now and mink that's why we're loosing our song birds and water birds, in the last 13 years on the farm l do the game keeping on I've caught 53 mink, decimated the moorhen, duck and coot population. Rant over.
     
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    Possibly a deep wound to the breast area resulting in the lungs filling up with blood, hence shallow fast breathing prior to death by drowning, best leave nature alone in future, you have "saved" a pigeon from a fairly quick death but condemned it to a slow one, you have endangered another in its simple loyal defence of the wounded one and the sparrow hawk goes hungry but will kill sooner than he might have otherwise. Best leave nature (tooth and claw) alone, ask any wildlife photographer their first rule.
    Cal
     
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    neck stretch usually cures them.
     
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    So would you be if a big thug can and kicked the sh1t out of you.
     
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    Well, no sign of it this morning. No feathers...nothing. It's just stopped raining and there are a few wood pigeons down, but no sign of a beaten-up one :Mellow:
     
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    A fox possibly took it then.
     

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