Wednesday, October 5, 2011

He's got some pluck: Common gull launches aerial attack on unsuspecting EAGLE


A peck on the beak: This fearless common gull launched an attack on a white-tailed Sea Eagle in the skies above Norway, before stealing some feathers and escaping the bird of prey

They're a common sight wheeling through the skies above seaside towns, swooping on unsuspecting visitors and swiping bags of chips.

But this common gull clearly has bigger ideas, after tackling a full grown white tailed eagle in Norway.

The plucky bird swooped on its not-so eagle eyed victim and pecked at its head during an astonishing aerial duel.

This is a hoot: This image of a Great Grey owl was taken in Tornio, Finland

And it was the gull that came out on top as it managed to steal some of the eagle's feathers before making its escape.

This photo was one of many taken by Markus Varesvuo, 45, has part of his new book Birds: Magic Moments.

They are the product of scrupulous planning and hours of waiting for the right shot.

Peckish: This bright orange Hoopoe was pictured after catching an insect in its beak in Pusztaszer, Hungary

Mr Varesvuo told Metro: 'At worst I sit doing nothing for days, when the birds never come.

'Or I sit 24/7 by the computer wading through hundreds and hundreds of pictures.
'It is rewarding, exhilarating, and can offer the purest kind of beauty quite unexpectedly.'

He does not use a flash, relying on natural light to capture his images.

source: dailymail

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