空中の戦い – Battle In The Air


HWY26 をスネイク川沿いに北上中の出来事です。休憩所で景色を眺めていたら、鳥が三羽空中を舞っていました。- It happened when we were driving up north on HWY 26 by the Snake river. We were at a rest area. When I was looking at the nice river view, I found three birds in the air.

それが2羽になり、大きな白頭鷲の青年と小さい鳥が追いかけ回っているようなんです。なんと、小さい鳥が白頭鷲をアタックして、白頭鷲はさっさと退散してしまいました。- One of them disappeared, and another one of them started chasing the third. To my surprise, the one chased by the smallest bird was a juvenile Bald Eagle. I realized that the small bird was actually attacking the eagle. At the end, the eagle flew away.

なんか、おかしい。次の瞬間、今度はアカオノスリがアタックされ、空中を落ちていくところを目撃しました。でも、勇敢にも体制を立て直し、小さい鳥に向かって生きます。- Something was very strange with this situation. The small bird was stronger than the large bird? The next moment, a Red-tailed Hawk was attacked by the same small bird. I couldn’t believe my eyes. But the Red-tailed Hawk repositioned himself quickly and started chasing the small bird.

かなり怒ってますよね。- The Red-tailed Hawk was quite upset.

ところが、またしても直撃攻撃を受けてしまいました。- But he was again attacked.

ウソ、頑張れアカオノスリ!- Oh, no. Come back Red-tailed!

ようやく体制を取り戻し、再び小さい鳥と向かい合います。- He finally repositioned himself, faced to the small bird again. He was so brave.

それにしても、この小さい鳥は何者?- Man, who is this small bird anyway?

ただ者じゃない。ということは、この鳥しか考えられません。- He must be something. I can think of only one bird like this.

そう、ハヤブサです。- Yes, it’s a Peregrine Falcon.

主に自分と同程度のサイズの鳥にアタックするようですが、時に大きな鳥にも猛突進するようです。飛翔速度、時速 400 km の記録保持者ですから、体当たりされたらダメージは交通事故以上かもしれません。- Usually, they attack other birds about the same size or smaller, but they will attack even larger birds if it’s necessary. Their well-known weapon is the speed, they can fly 250mph. If they attack you with that speed, it could be worse than a traffic accident.

生死をかけての空中の戦いは、良いとか悪いとかではなく、鳥の生態そのものです。それはわかっていることですが、見ているのが苦しくなったので、結果を待たずに退散しました。- I understand that the fight in the air is not a matter of good or bad, but rather it’s natural behavior. Still, it was painful to watch. So we left there without waiting for the result of the battle.

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