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So I'm sat in the garden this morning, in my chair-hide, hoping I might get some finches or GSW's, given that yesteray was a good day for tits. Today was good for tits also, but this raptor flew in low over the fence, and with the precision of a jet-fighter, landing on a caged nut-feeder, where a young tit was feeding.
I'm fairly sure that the tit got away - I had to change my train of thought from that of 'watching the wildlife spectacle', to that of 'Get some bloody shots in!'. I focused on the feeder, by which time there was nothing there, and looked around the camera to see the sparrowhawk perched on the ground 4m away, composing itself, and somewhat frustrated(as you can see by the look in it's eye) that a meal had just eluded it.
I managed to fire of this shot before it flew away, but I have no doubt it will be back. I didn't mention it yesterday with the 'tit upload, but this raptor came through from the same point, almost flying right into the hide, again showing it's outstanding flying ability, by banking right and downward toward some small rabbits grazing a short distance away.
So here it is.
Something I've been informed about regarding eye colour of the sparrowhawk and the goshawk, is that when young, the eyes are bright yellow, and as the bird ages, they turn to an orange/amber colour. Maybe someone can confirm this, or let me know otherwise, as I'd like to know for sure.
Thanks for looking
Shot info:
F8
1/400
ISO 800
tripod

Camera:Canon 1DMK2N
Lens:400 + 1.4tc
Title:Sparrowhawk(W)
Username:arhb arhb
Uploaded:11 Jul 2009 - 1:29 PM
Tags:General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:51

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CraigJones
11 Jul 2009 - 1:32 PM

Stunning close up, beautiful colours well done

Craig

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 1:32 PM

Like the details and tones in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 1:42 PM

Super shot, so sharp.
Magnificent bird, but I can't help but be
glad the baby tit got away that time !

B.

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 1:42 PM

What a great capture of male Sparrowhawk, one of my fav's.
As far as I know only the Gos eyes change to orange.
Martin

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bertty  5 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 - 1:44 PM

Good one . very lucky, well done.
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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 1:48 PM

Superb image - and I enjoyed the narritive too!
Joan.

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PeelNStick
PeelNStick  10 United States4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 1:53 PM

Great crop and eye contact.

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jeanmarie
jeanmarie  5 England
11 Jul 2009 - 2:23 PM

fantastic detail and colour. jeanette

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11 Jul 2009 - 2:35 PM

Most impressive, terrific detail and colours in the plumage

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Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 3:14 PM

Superb narrative and sharp capture.
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woollyback
11 Jul 2009 - 3:21 PM

Great colours and details - the eye is ace

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 3:30 PM

Spectacular capture Andrew particularly of a wild bird. Great capture.
Ron

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fossilized
fossilized  1079 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 - 3:34 PM

A beautifully crisp capture.
Jean

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bagupsteve  1043 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 - 3:50 PM

amazing shot we all need a bit of luck sometimes well done ,
rgards steve

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Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 4:18 PM

A beauty,hope you manage some more of this beautiful bird.
Tom.

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11 Jul 2009 - 4:28 PM

Lovely light and detail

Stace

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 6:11 PM

Wow wow absolutely superb congrats what a beautiful image wow
Alexa

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Alfies_Girl
11 Jul 2009 - 6:56 PM

Wonderful sharp close up image. I should think that you got great satisfaction from seeing this.

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jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 - 7:45 PM

Brilliant close up shot
Jenny

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11 Jul 2009 - 8:24 PM

Wonderful shot and great narrative Andrew

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WOW>
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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 10:11 PM

That is gorgeous....
Gerry

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Karrol  629 forum posts England
12 Jul 2009 - 12:53 AM

Brilliant shot!

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wideangler
12 Jul 2009 - 10:11 AM

Very special!

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TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2009 - 12:13 PM

Superbly taken, Andrew. Your narrative makes this even more special.
I have seen similar incidents several times at my local reserve but have not so far been fortunate enough to grab a photo like this. In my dreams...
Terry

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DannoM
DannoM  658 forum posts England
12 Jul 2009 - 12:39 PM

excellent, really great shot

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jan 1
jan 1  10 Netherlands
12 Jul 2009 - 4:08 PM

Hello Andrew.
Really a stunning sharp shot of this gorgeous Hawk.
Complements and thanks for showing.
Jan

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maratsuikka
13 Jul 2009 - 6:19 AM

THIS IS VERY SPECIAL ANDREW!!!!!Wild so CLOSE
and write is EXCELLENT

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13 Jul 2009 - 9:48 PM

Pin sharp detail and super exposure, terrific shot.
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