Farmland and environmental protection

ptfarmer

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Waterhens will move on or be eaten, mainly move on, when a pine marten moves into an area, but buzzard wipes them out.

I'd say its more likely mink wiping out the waterhens - neither the Pine Marten or Buzzards like getting their feet wet. Got all three on my own place atm.
 

diesel power

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Waterhens will move on or be eaten, mainly move on, when a pine marten moves into an area, but buzzard wipes them out.
I've a naturally occurring pond here and every year since I can remember it's had water hens nest on it. There's an island made of a pile of rocks in the middle for them to nest on where nothing can kill them. Ive reduced the size of the pond and it's only a quarter of what it was but their still there. Sometimes swans land on it but only stay for a few days. Nature is marvellous when we take a moment to actually look at it.
 

Mf240

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Waterhens will move on or be eaten, mainly move on, when a pine marten moves into an area, but buzzard wipes them out.

Seen again this time picking up worms or something where I spread dairy washings.
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Blackwater boy

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I think it’s a sparrow hawk, I don’t think it’s a buzzard. There seems to be far more of them around in the last few months than I’ve seen for years. There was 3 of them in that field where I took the pics. They seem to get on well with the crows are they would have been within 20 feet of each other.
 

Ozzy Scott

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gone

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Lovely pics.
Looks Like a Buzzard to me, the Sparrowhawk is smaller, it's wings come more to a point and are extremely fast hunters and fliers, much more likely to get a picture of a Sparrowhawk perched than hunting, impressive to watch hunting, but it tends to be very quick and over nearly as soon as it starts.
 
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