Sunday, April 08, 2012

Fight Club

My husband was out working in the yard when he saw something and came to the door to call me outside.  He said he saw a bird fight.  Bird fight?  I was thinking maybe hawk vs osprey or osprey vs eagle.  But no...this was bluebird vs bluebird.

Not the best photo of them behind a bird house pole, I know.  I had the telephoto on and it was hard to focus rapidly.  They were really going at it beak and claw.  They were fighting over our fancy new bird house.  Little did we know we would be the cause of such behavior.  They were fluttering and fighting and I could not even take time to check camera settings.

In the photo above one male has the other pinned to the lawn.  He was not holding back one bit and calling angrily.  For a while I feared we would have a dead bird at the end of this.  But finally the bird underneath caught wing and was chased out of the yard and right passed me by the one on top...within a foot of my chest at they headed up and over the house.  During this time there were two female blue birds flying above and cheering their mates on.

Then the victor returned in all his glory to sing his territorial victory song in the tulip tree.

He was owner of all he surveys.  Guess there will be baby blue birds in the weeks to come.

12 comments:

Mystic Meandering said...

Oh my! I've never experienced such a sight. I always think of nature as being so serene and pastoral, but I guess it too has its "darker" side; its fight for survival; its raw "animal intincts." Glad they are okay! And you too!

Brian Miller said...

serious...why do guys have to go on like that...cant we all share...smiles....

have a wonder-filled day!

Lynilu said...

Wow! Who'd athunk it?

Granny Annie said...

So what happened to the bluebird of happiness? LOL

Celia said...

Wow, I guess it makes sense but it never crossed my mind. Tiny fighters.

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh my goodness, what a drama! That's nature, I guess....good to be reminded of it sometimes.

Beverly said...

i love those blue birds!

SueAnn said...

Amazing!!! Great captures!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Pauline said...

We think of birds as beautiful and gentle and free but they fight a LOT, especially over housing! Great post!

Dave said...

Bluebirds are beautiful birds Tabor. I guess the fighting was natural as most animals are territorial - Dave

Bob Bushell said...

Lovable images.

Shrinky said...

Hard to think such beautiful creatures can have a vicious streak in them, like that - nature is quite brutal at times, isn't it?

What a scene to witness, though. Wow.