Plucky magpie tries to chase away bearded vulture
Get off my land! Plucky magpie tries to chase away bearded vulture but the massive bird just ignores it
- The bizarre encounter was recorded by an onlooker in Thorney, Cambridgeshire
- The two-year-old female vulture, called Vigo, was spotted feasting on a rabbit
- It was unfazed by the continued nuisance caused by its smaller feathered foe
A plucky magpie was caught on camera as it repeatedly tried to scare off a bearded vulture despite the massive bird simply ignoring it.
The bizarre encounter was recorded by an onlooker in Thorney, Cambridgeshire.
The two-year-old female vulture, called Vigo, was unfazed by the nuisance and continued feasting on a rabbit as the magpie relentlessly tugged at its tail feathers.
In the clip, the two feathered foes can be seen standing together on a recently ploughed field.
The bone-crunching predator tugs at the carcass of a rabbit as the magpie initially watches on.
It pauses momentarily to assess the situation before running toward its giant counterpart.
It hops up and nibbles the vulture’s tail feathers which prompts Vigo to slowly stride away from the nuisance as it continues its meal.
The magpie repeats this over and over again to no avail.
It then takes to the skies and temporarily flies off screen before returning to continue his efforts – which prove equally fruitless.
A plucky magpie was caught on camera as it repeatedly tried to scare off a bearded vulture in Thorney, Cambridgeshire
The two-year-old female vulture, called Vigo, was unfazed by the nuisance as the magpie relentlessly tugged at its tail feathers
Speaking about the bizarre encounter, which was filmed early morning on October 10, the cameraman later said: ‘The video depicts a lammergeier (bearded vulture), which has been displaced about 1000 miles north from the European Alps into the flat Fenland countryside of the East of England.
‘It is a two-year-old female which has been named Vigo.
‘Here it is eating a rabbit whilst being pestered by a magpie plucking at it’s tail feathers.
‘The magpie eventually realised it was having no impression.
‘The next day Vigo continued her journey south back towards the European Continent.’
Vigo, which has a wingspan of 8.2 feet, is thought to have spent the summer roosting in the Peak District.
Bearded vultures are rarely seen in the UK and can instead usually be spotted in Alpine regions where they live and breed on crags in high mountains.
The bone-crunching predator continued to tug at the carcass of a rabbit despite the attempts to scare it away
Recent sightings of Vigo are the first of a bearded vulture in British skies since one was spotted over Dartmoor, Devon, in 2016.
The species, which are distinguished by their feathered neck, are currently categorised as ‘near threatened’, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
The diet of the bird of prey feed mainly on bones from the carcasses of large herbivores such as sheep.
Vigo is thought to have flown over the English Channel from central Europe at the end of June.
It spent three months ranging out from the Peak District before heading south in September to Oxfordshire.
It then turned north again to arrive in Norfolk before heading on to the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire fens.
There are currently only 600 to 1,000 pairs in an area stretching from Spain to Russia.
But they can also be found in the Caucasus between the Black and Caspian seas, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Tibet.
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