Raven chasing a Buzzard over The South Downs

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Sussex Raven and Buzzard

Just look at the size of this Raven chasing a Buzzard over Bepton this afternoon… Everything about this mighty crow explains why the Buzzard was heading off in the other direction as fast as possible! In all there were about six buzzards and a pair of Ravens.

And then, as luck would have it a Red Kite appeared. I know… bird life in and around Bepton is so boring sometimes…

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Ravens over Bepton Down

South Downs Ravens

South Downs Ravens

This pair of ravens circled over Bepton ‘cronk-cronk’ing for about half an hour before heading east along the South Downs towards Cocking. Ravens are relatively rare but on the increase. They breed in Sussex (I’ve read reports of nest sites near Beachy Head) but they will travel great distances during the winter months. The two most striking things about ravens are their call (a really deep ‘cronk’, distinct from other members of the crow family) and their enormous size! Their wingspan is 120-150 cm, that’s 4′ 6″ in old money – bigger than a buzzard and a bigger build too.