Size doesn’t matter in the bird world. Crow v Heron

I guess we have all seen larger birds being mobbed by groups of smaller ones. I have seen blackbirds mobbing Magpies and Crows, Crows and Curlew mobbing Red Kite. I assumed this was to protect their nest or young from predation. So what was this Crow doing?

No big deal with the first shot. A Grey Heron and a Crow in a field. How nice! How much bigger is the Heron? Twice the size?

Grey Heron and Carrion Crow, Buck Lane fields

The Crow doesn’t seem too bothered with the difference in size. The Crow started to get a bit closer to the Heron, but stayed behind it. It then openeed its beak and lunged for the tail of the Heron.

Grey Heron and Carrion Crow, Buck Lane fields

I am surprised that the Crow doesn’t have some feathers in its beak here.

Grey Heron and Carrion Crow, Buck Lane fields

It really seemed to get hold but the Heron just kept slowly pacing along.

Grey Heron and Carrion Crow, Buck Lane fields

Look at that beak! Having seen the speed of a Heron when it is catching fish I would have thought twice about pulling the tail feathers of one of them. But then I never get close enough.

Grey Heron, Buck Lane fields

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