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Good Day to you all at ePz

Thank you all for taking the time out to view, comment and vote on my upload yesterday.

Todays images were captured yesterday from my room window so I apologise if they are not up to scratch. They show a male (?) Sparrowhawk a Bird of Prey that I had until yesterday never seen in the wild so it was a huge thrill to be able to see and photograph him.

I hope that you all have a great day and better weekend for me who knows maybe a touch of painting or a walk.

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:Sigma150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Aug 2014 - 9:43 AM
Focal Length:439mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.2
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Unexpected Garden Visitor...
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:23 Aug 2014 - 12:11 AM
Tags:Garden, Male, Sparrowhawk, Wildlife / nature
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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 12:25 AM

Great spot and capture Nathan, a great set of images of this great looking raptorSmile

Cliff

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 12:38 AM

Fine shots through your window Nathan.
Mick.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 1:01 AM

Envious of you Mr. N Dods- --- two superb captures!

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 1:50 AM

What on Earth is 'up to scratch' anyway. These shots might not be the sharpest ever but they are taken through glass and record a priceless encounter so well done you! I'm envious. I can't even hold a camera unless sitting down at the moment and that is only of Garrath gets it for me!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 1:58 AM

Three very good shots. Lucky you to have spotted this bird and have the time to capture him.

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debu
debu  4 India
23 Aug 2014 - 2:15 AM

Lovely set of images.
debu

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
23 Aug 2014 - 4:21 AM

What a lovely surprise it must have been Nathan !! Great captures of this beautiful bird GrinGrinGrin Have a super day !

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prabhusinha
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23 Aug 2014 - 4:59 AM

Lucky sign

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 5:47 AM

A superb spot and captures, Nathan, your garden is proving to be a haven for wildlife. Carol

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tonyguitar
23 Aug 2014 - 6:15 AM

Three Beautiful images especially the two intimate portraits. I'm guessing he was hoping to catch a visitor to your bird feeder. A similar hawk zoomed in low across the lawn and into the bushes and then popped out looking left and right having missed the kill. A thrilling moment but a mental image as the camera was out of reach. Excellent catch on your part. TG

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781969
781969  1 India
23 Aug 2014 - 6:30 AM

Nathan,there is always something to learn from you.

Vikram

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darrenwilson41
darrenwilson41 e2 Member 439 forum postsdarrenwilson41 vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 6:52 AM

Great shot, I wonder why he was there?... Did he get anything from the garden or were BT working on the telegraph poles so he couldn't land there .........

Regards

Darren

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
23 Aug 2014 - 7:13 AM

Excellent captures Nathan, fine set,
Fred.

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
23 Aug 2014 - 7:35 AM

A moment well seized. Lovely images.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 7:41 AM

Hope your pigeons are safe, Nathan. Three great shots.

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 8:00 AM

It is a great thrill to experience such an event, Nathan and you did well to capture it so completely.

Ray

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2209 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 8:07 AM

These are Brilliant Nathan,he must have thought that there were something there for him to eat.
It must be a big garden
NettaSmile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 8:12 AM

Very impressed Nathan, fancy getting the chance to take these from your windowSmile
a lovely set to be proud of

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 338 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 8:42 AM

Seeing them (we see them every day here) is one thing - taking their picture is a completely different matter.
Well done, Nathan - especially with V1.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 8:48 AM

Lucky you, and what an excellent set you've captured.
Joan

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Jeddahknight111
Jeddahknight111 e2 Member 2Jeddahknight111 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 8:54 AM

Super shot super picture, Could do with him in my garden to get rid of wood pigeonsSmile

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 9:08 AM

What a surprise you have had, Nathan!
Three excellent captures.
Regards,
RichardSmile

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 9:19 AM

What a wonderful thrill for you and very fortunate that you had that camera handy.
Lovely close up of the eye.
Enjoy whatever you've decided for today's activity.
Your painting was beautiful.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 9:48 AM

To have nature to come to you, is a joy indeed, and you've captured this magnificent bird superbly Nathan.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 10:18 AM

A great find in your garden & you did not miss the opportunity to photograph him
3 super images Nathan

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104036 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 10:43 AM

We had one visit once...took a wood pigeon out...they fly very low and fast and rarely perch where visible...well found..what a treat GrinGrinGrin

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MikeGillingham
MikeGillingham e2 Member 9MikeGillingham vcard United Kingdom
23 Aug 2014 - 10:43 AM

Excellent images Nathan despite the constraints on taking the shots. Had one in our garden yesterday afternoon that took a pigeon.

Regards

Mike

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williamsloan
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23 Aug 2014 - 10:44 AM

First class Nathan well taken




Billy

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 11:03 AM

Lucky you getting a visitor like this, Nathan! Smile Three fine captures of fine chap (or chapess?) especially taken through glass SmileSmile
Trev Smile

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 11:40 AM

Like the portrait style of version two here Nathan.

Best Matt

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 12:00 PM

Great set, Nathan - I had one a few weeks ago with a starling it had caught.
Tony

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 12:50 PM

It's always a thrill when we see one of these in the garden. Usually eating a pigeon.
Well worth a shot.
x

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
23 Aug 2014 - 1:31 PM

Great spot and well captured

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CarolAnnLauderdale
CarolAnnLauderdale e2 Member CarolAnnLauderdale vcard United Kingdom
23 Aug 2014 - 2:53 PM

What a lovely visitor to have in your garden Nathan and even better that you managed to capture the moment. Three lovely images, well done! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileCarol

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saltireblue Site Moderator 44080 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 4:50 PM

A magnificent, proud creature. Well captured through the window, which gives a soft-focus effect.

Malc

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Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
23 Aug 2014 - 6:18 PM

Superb set Nathan.

Jenny Smile

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JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Aug 2014 - 7:35 PM

Terrific shots
Ju

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23 Aug 2014 - 7:41 PM

Tonight about 1.5 hrs ago I had an unexpected visitor in the garden, I heard a very loud noise turned round and the Vulcan Bomber was heading straight for me (or so it seemed) I was awash with excitement, couldn't keep the dam camera steady...........she was flying very low, so low I could see the pilot...........the cockpit is so small and the window so very small I was amazed to see the pilot when I downloaded the images..........we also had a female Sparrowhawk yesterday........what a great weekend so far.............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
24 Aug 2014 - 10:20 AM

Excellent pictures. We get quite a few around here but they are wonderful birds. One captured a blackbird in my garden once - I felt awful, especially as the poor bird was squawking and the Sparrowhawk just looked me in the eye and flew off!!

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Gavin_Duxbury e2 Member 5Gavin_Duxbury vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2014 - 1:35 PM

Great set of images, V2 for me great clarity and focal point.

All I get is blackbirds and robins.

Regards.

Gavin

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digital_boi
24 Aug 2014 - 2:40 PM

get then around here a lot Nathan after the wee birds but you have to admire their skill good captures through the window

Graham

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DerekL e2 Member 9109 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2014 - 11:30 AM

Nice set Nathan.
Bet the other birds weren't as happy to see him, as you were?

Derek

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madbob  9 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2014 - 12:25 PM

in right place at right time well taken

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kojak
kojak e2 Member 1kojak vcard United Kingdom
29 Aug 2014 - 7:02 PM

Nice capture of a beautiful Sparrowhawk

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stu8fish  2 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2014 - 12:40 AM

Gottalove a good Sparrowhawk pic. Nice,

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2014 - 12:28 AM

Would love to see one locally, one visited our local allotments a while ago when i was at work. My old man saw one take a pigeon from the church next to them and then proceed to pluck and eat it in a tree a few yards from our allotment. A fine set Nathan, I'm sure he'll be back again in the winter for a takeaway from your bird feeders!

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