As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Rare Picture: Blackbird "Rides" Hawk

The two birds were likely involved in a mid-air tussle, expert says.

By Stefan Sirucek, National Geographic


Talk about a bird's eye view—a red-winged blackbird was recently photographed "riding" atop a red-tailed hawk.

A visitor to the DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges in Iowa and Nebraska recently snapped an incredible photograph, which wasreleased today by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

But if the photograph seems too good to be true, that’s because it probably is, experts say.

“I don’t believe that it’s a bird taking a ride—I think it was just a well-timed shot,” says refuge manager Tom Cox.

Cox said the picture most likely captures a perfect moment during a fight between a blackbird and a hawk—and that blackbirds attacking and harassing hawks is actually quite common.

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