Peregrine battles buzzard above Norwich Cathedral

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Chris Skipper

A peregrine attacking and chasing away a buzzard from Norwich Cathedral has been captured by a photographer.

Chris Skipper, who has been following the peregrines for more than a decade, saw the encounter at 2.30pm on Wednesday (May 13).

He said: "The female peregrine was feeding the chicks when she started alarm-calling, so you know something is amiss."

When Mr Skipper looked up, he saw three buzzards were circling near the Cathedral, with one flying a bit lower than the other two.

"The male peregrine was perched on the spire. He heard the call and came off and started attacking the buzzard," he said.


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"The peregrine always tries to get the upper ground, and he was doing that, going up high, then dropping down, showing his talons.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Chris Skipper

"The buzzard would flip over and show his talons to show he could fight back.

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"This went on for a couple of minutes."

Mr Skipper said that the peregrine was chasing the buzzard away.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Chris Skipper

"He took out his aggression on the lower one," he said.

"You get quite a lot of birds of prey over the city," he added. "You do get a lot of stuff taking place that you don't even realise. If you look up there is a lot to see."

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Chris Skipper

Earlier this month, Mr Skipper took pictures of a stand-off between the peregrines and a red kite.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral.

A peregrine chases a buzzard away from its nest at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: Chris Skipper


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