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Alpine Chough

Pyrrhocorax graculus


As we were climbing on to the glacier Blange in the south of France, we were surrounded by these funny birds. It is very hard to take a clear shot of them as they drop from the sky and balance on the thermalling. Predators of the choughs include the Peregrine Falcon, Golden Eagle and Eurasian Eagle-owl, while the Common Raven will take nestlings. Alpine Choughs have been observed diving at a Tibetan red fox. It seems likely that this "mobbing" behaviour may be play activity to give practice for when genuine defensive measures may be needed to protect eggs or young.

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FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Maria! Picture number one is not the best, but it is the clearest to see the bird.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Especially like the third and fifth shots!

Antoine Verfaille
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Antoine Verfaille

Pelvoux, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Dec 26, 2012

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