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Back in August this year, I was unwell, with some form of blood poisoning - turned out to be a wobbly tooth, which had an abcess and was drip feeding me with gunge, so was right-as-rain after the tooth was pulled - but I was feeling pretty weak and low at the time. I was in my home in The Highlands and pulled up a Conservatory blind on a dull, lifeless day, which suddenly turned into being quite lively indeed.

A female Sparrowhawk had taken down a Wood Pigeon and was feasting on it, on my pathway, immediately outside the window whose blind I had pulled. The Sparrowhawk's wings shot up, in unison with my eyebrows and she took off. Damn. And Blast.

But she was back at around 11am, pulled her meal further along the path and continued pulling off feathers, ripping apart the chest and stomach and satiating her appetite. Stealth was the order of the day - and I was not about to show myself in that Conservatory window again. The nearest window to her was in the Bathroom, high up. Armed with camera, I placed one foot on the loo and the other, spreadeagled, on the side of the bath and hopped up. Legs and arms trembling (I really was not well), I spent some time getting as many images as I could, before my legs started feeling numb, 'went to sleep' and I fell off the side of the bath, with a crash which had the Sparrowhawk take off again. Damn. And Blast, Again.

4pm saw her return to her feast and the Wood Pigeon was much lighter, so she was able to drag it onto the back lawn, away from whatever demon was inside the building. I was far more comfortable, sitting in my Study chair, with my lens poking out under the curtain, until she had finished - and flew off leaving me with no more than a pile of feathers and bones.

Judge: "How many images did you take that day?". Simon: "fiveundred, yer Honour". Judge: And you were supposed to be unwell, you are Mad!" Simon: "Guilty, as charged".

This set of 7 images, 'Lunch 10', is dedicated to fellow epz member Steve aka 'Sparrowhawk', who is currently having some issues with DSS social workers, OTS and Wheelchair Services. Steve, when dealing with these bureaucrats, just pull off their feathers - and - rip out their guts..! Good Luck, mate. Hope it brings you a smile when you are dealing with them Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Aug 2013 - 11:15 AM
Focal Length:190mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 10 - Sparrowhawk
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:9 Dec 2013 - 3:43 AM
Tags:Food, Lunch, Predator, Sparrowhawk, Wildlife / nature, Wood pigeon
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
9 Dec 2013 - 4:20 AM

Excellent and gory to the n-th degree Simon !! Excellent and most entertaining write up too GrinGrin

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
9 Dec 2013 - 4:30 AM

Fantastic narrative. Well observed and presented image.

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 4:52 AM

Early bird this morning Simon what a great story and excellent captures do like v5 the way it's tugging at its heart strings super set mate
Rob

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 5:05 AM

Amazing photography and an hilarious story, would have loved to have been there to see you perching on the loo....glad to hear I am not the only one that captures 500 images at a time .....well done

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 5:21 AM

An incredible set of high quality wildlife documentary images Simon. "Superb"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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gwynn56
gwynn56  378 forum posts England
9 Dec 2013 - 6:15 AM

nice capture , and my sympathies go to anyone dealing with tw atosWink

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6106 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 6:38 AM

A fantastic series of shots and an excellent write up that gave me a laugh on a Monday morning. Cheers for both.

Andy

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
9 Dec 2013 - 6:48 AM

Excellent set Simon,
Fred.

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iosatel
iosatel  1 Belgium
9 Dec 2013 - 6:50 AM

Great set, especially V5 - awesome!

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 - 7:35 AM

Stunning! Great images (and narrative). Well captured.

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achieverswales

Great story but glad I had my breakfast some time ago Simon, photography first class.

Regards

Trev.

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Mike_Young
Mike_Young e2 Member 8Mike_Young vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 8:29 AM

A superb set of images Simon, all really good, but if I had to pick a fav it would be V3

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781969
781969  1 India
9 Dec 2013 - 9:09 AM

all variants superb capture plus great story.

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 10:54 AM

Wow, brilliant images , we have one that visits the garden sometimes, stunning birds,

Ali SmileSmile

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
9 Dec 2013 - 1:11 PM

An awesome set of images Simon + a great story!
Effrossini

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AlexAppleby
9 Dec 2013 - 3:28 PM

Now that's a story and a half. Pics pretty impressive too! Well done indeed!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 4:19 PM

Best write-up I've read in I don't know how long...and seriously top notch crime scene photos to go with it. V5 is amazing!

BRAVO on this fantastic sequence of shots.

And I'm glad you and your kit didn't suffer any damage in the bathroom crash!

Andrew

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 4:24 PM

What a terrific set of natural history images which are full of gory details, these are definitely not for the squeamish members on here! You've documented this pigeon being devoured brilliantly and your narrative was most amusing.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 4:24 PM

Nature in the raw here Simon.
Super set.
(And I know all about these bureaucrats.After working 42 years and only 6 weeks on the ''sick'' in all that time,I was medically retired due to Emphysema.It took me 3 YEARS to get my benefits that I am fully entitled too !!)

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richmowil e2 Member 5279 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 5:10 PM

Stunning Images Simon!!

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 - 6:18 PM

Superb capture Simon, fantastic set.
Brian

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dark_lord Critique Team 101505 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2013 - 10:01 PM

A superb series of shots here Simon. if any of your last 10 uploads to be called Lunch, this one desrves it Grin
Glad to be vote number 30 for the RC award.

Keith

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Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 - 10:03 PM

Absolutely superb set Simon and loved the write up. Fantastic. Cathy

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Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
10 Dec 2013 - 2:33 AM


Quote: Amazing photography and an hilarious story, would have loved to have been there to see you perching on the loo....glad to hear I am not the only one that captures 500 images at a time .....well done

Too True.

Outstanding images Simon..I tried to give you a UA but was told no ?? don't know why ?? Please consider it given..Smile

Amazing images..and more than worthy of all the trouble you went to..Wink

Lynette GrinGrin

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2013 - 4:46 AM

Amazing shots, well deserved the awards.

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
11 Dec 2013 - 4:24 AM

Fantastic set of images, Simon. This is the second pigeon I see (in this site) killed by these predators.
M

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sparrowhawk e2 Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:14 PM

these are superb sorry simon i was having a tough time because Christmas was coming and it was the first year with out either of my parents !you are in know way responsible i was just finding life very tough ! i too had this experience a few years back superb sight to see though a little gorey but that's nature

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