Raptor Surfing - The curious sport in which smaller birds fearlessly drive hawks & owls out of their territory by being incredibly annoying.
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This is an amazing photo. I love raptors, as a falconer, but here is a goshawk getting a taste of its own medicine perhaps? Must have been one hungry bird to try to take a raven, but then again, accipiters are not known for their sanity ;)
From the Finnish photographer, Arto Juvonen: “It have been a long time before when I have been at a really spontaneous good situation. I was driving towards Loviisa from Porvoo. An escaping flock of Carrion Crows and Jackdaws tell to me, that there was a Goshawk somewhere. Then I noticed a small crop of Crows and Ravens circling behind a hill. I turn back immediately and drove to the hill. I thought that there may be a Crow in claws of A Goshawk, but there was a fighting pair of Raven and juvenile Goshawk
With the naked eye observation I would had said that then Goshawk tried to carry the Raven away. But form the picture we can see, that when the Goshawk gave up and tried to fly away, Raven was hanging on its leg. After about twenty meters of pair-fly, both gone to their own directions..
Is the Goshawk looking slim? Was the caught of Raven a desperate attempt to get food? It is possible, that Female Goshawks can take Ravens, but it is quite rare - at least here in southern Finland, where Crows are much more easy food.“