|Source The Mirror|
|Source: The Mirror|
|Source: The Independent|
Pope Francis and two children, a boy and a girl, released two white doves of peace in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, January 26th, 2014.
The doves were immediately attacked. Photos show what appear to be a hooded crow and a yellow-legged gull.
I'm shocked by these photos. I've never seen a crow or a gull attack a song bird in flight and attempt to eat it. I've seen accipiters, a rapid species of hawk, do this. I've seen small birds "mob" or pester crows.
Compare an accipiter, with its talons and hooked beak, to a gull with its webbed feet and heavy beak. You can see that the accipiter is built to kill other birds in flight, while the gull is not.
I talked about this with other birdwatchers, and they say that it happens, but I've never seen it.
|Two accipiters, a sharp shinned hawk and a Cooper's hawk, face off and show off their talons. |
Photo by Jay MacGowan.