This morning at Oe I observed a Peregrine Falcon consistently attack an Eurasian Bittern.
Although the falcon gained height and swooped down on a few occasions, it never actually “hit” the bittern – it kept breaking off its attack just before striking.
I can only surmise that as it had lost the advantage of surprise, the falcon realised it couldn’t get a killing strike on the bittern and could therefore be in trouble itself if it continued to attack – or perhaps the bittern’s ruffled feathers and bold actions put it off.
Nevertheless, I have witnessed on numerous occasions Peregrines hunting prey but coming up short even though you would expect them to make a kill.
In any event, the bittern survived to live another day and the falcon flew off elsewhere to try to be more successful in replenishing energy lost on futile missions!