Amazing

By Josh Saunders


Battling birds appear to defy gravity by flying UPSIDE DOWN as feathers are ruffled during an amazing aerial display.

In this fight-or-flight display, the feathered foes appear to mirror one another as they soar through the air with one of the plucky bird appearing to flip onto his back.

PICS BY JODY ALDRIDGE / CATERS NEWS

A large Striated Caracara, also known as a Johnny Rook, attacks an invading juvenile Variable Hawk, or Red-Backed Hawk, who encroached on his territory.

The 30-minute stand-off was captured by Jody Aldridge, 29, who was whale watching off the coast of Cape Pembroke in the Falklands when the battle began.

Jody, who works in accounts, said: “Initially I didn’t pay too much attention to them but I soon noticed a couple of the birds were swooping and diving at each other.

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“It wasn’t until I used my camera to see better that I could tell it was a Johnny Rook and a Red-Backed Hawk.

“I was amazed at how fiercely the Johnny Rook was attacking the hawk, so quickly took some shots.

“As I was photographing them, they would swoop and dive from one side of me to the other.

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“I have since learnt this was a juvenile hawk, and it did look to me that he was bearing the brunt of the attack.

“A few times i did think that the juvenile looked as if he wasn’t in control, but he was able to right himself surprisingly quickly.

“There was no clear winner, eventually they flew away, with the Johnny Rook still swiping at the hawk.

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“On some occasions I was worried about the young hawk ending up in a crash landing, but they are so incredibly fast at righting themselves again.

“I think in the pictures have managed to capture their acrobatic ability

“I assumed that they were fighting over hunting ground, so this could be something which occurs frequently outside of town.”

There are over 220 different bird species recorded in the Islands.

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Jody said: “I think it was one of those ‘right place, right time’ moments.

“I have only recently become interested in photography so this time a year ago I wouldn’t have had my camera with me.

“The Falklands has a huge variety of wildlife and I think this just shows how lucky I am to live in a place where nature really is on my doorstep.”

For more information about the island or its wildlife visit here.