David Rayner Photography | Bird disputes

BIRD DISPUTES AND FIGHTING v17.08 [8 additions]
For the most part birds exist happily together. However every now and then they fight or quarrel over matters such as territory, the protection of the young, (possible) mates, food etc. The fighting seems to vary in intensity. Generally it appears that no great harm is done, but occasionally serious or fatal injury can result. Fights mostly are between combatants of the same species. One of the most common ‘disputes’, however, is the on-going feud between the Crow family (Corvidae) and a variety birds of prey - albeit that in this case the parties do not normally come to blows.
This gallery contains photographs of some of the disputes and fights involving birds. The photos are largely of poor quality due to various factors such as distance from the subjects, the lack of warning/preparedness and, most of all, the higher skill levels required in ‘action’ photography. Nevertheless it is hoped that the theme at least is of interest.
V16.03 ADDITIONS: There are 9 photos of two Snowy Egrets ‘arguing’ over a fishing position – photos taken during a trip to Florida early in 2016. The remaining 8 photos are of a Sparrowhawk in aerial combat with a Carrion Crow – photos taken in West Somerset, late March 2016.
V17.08 ADDITIONS: 8 photos showing two Mute Swans fighting in a very muddy Meare Scrape, Shapwick Heath, Somerset.

Black-headed Gulls.a1

Black-headed Gulls.a1

Black-headed Gulls.a3

Black-headed Gulls.a3

Black-headed Gulls.a4

Black-headed Gulls.a4

Black-headed Gulls.a9

Black-headed Gulls.a9

Black-tailed Godwits.a2

Black-tailed Godwits.a2

Black-tailed Godwits.a3

Black-tailed Godwits.a3

Black-tailed Godwits.a4

Black-tailed Godwits.a4

Black-tailed Godwits.a6

Black-tailed Godwits.a6

Black-tailed Godwits.a7

Black-tailed Godwits.a7

Black-tailed Godwits.a9

Black-tailed Godwits.a9

Black-winged Stilt.a2

Black-winged Stilt.a2

Black-winged Stilt.a3

Black-winged Stilt.a3

Black-winged Stilt.a4

Black-winged Stilt.a4

Blackbird.a2

Blackbird.a2

Blackbird.a5

Blackbird.a5

Blackbird.a6

Blackbird.a6

Blackbird.a7

Blackbird.a7

Buzzard+Crows+Jackdaws.d2

Buzzard+Crows+Jackdaws.d2

Buzzard+Crows+Jackdaws.d7

Buzzard+Crows+Jackdaws.d7

Buzzard+Crows+Jackdaws.d9

Buzzard+Crows+Jackdaws.d9