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Many thanks for yesterdays C&Cs. This is the second time ive seen this at our local feeding station, these feeders trap the birds and makes it easy for the Sparrowhawk, not nice for children to see.
Brian

Lens:Sigma 120-400mm APO DG OS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sparrowhawk getting its lunch
Username:Brian65 Brian65
Uploaded:29 Jan 2012 - 10:33 AM
Tags:General/Brian65, Wildlife / nature
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29 Jan 2012 - 10:53 AM

Great capture Brian.
Alf.

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cleg
cleg  4 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 - 11:12 AM

Good capture mate.

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84282 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 11:16 AM

Even Sparrowhawks have to eat! I'd never thought about the squirrel-proof feeders being traps for little birds. You must have been quick to catch this!

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 11:24 AM

Hi Brian, I bet that woke you up from your morning snooze! Tongue Just showed the wife and she says that she doesn't like nature anymore!!

Good shot.

Last Modified By Gerryrys at 29 Jan 2012 - 11:25 AM

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 11:50 AM

A sad image, Brian, but the sparrowhawk has to eat, very well captured. Carol

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
29 Jan 2012 - 12:01 PM

Like you say Brian " not nice to see " but that's nature, superb timing with this shot.

Len

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achieverswales
29 Jan 2012 - 12:05 PM

As stated Brian they have to eat but still not nice to see, quick action capture mate!

Regards

Trev.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64439 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 12:10 PM

I've never seen sparrowhawks do this and wouldn't even have thought they could reach through the cages and catch birds. I'll watch out for my local hawk but so far it's only captured pigeons, which it devours in one sitting under the bush at the bottom of the garden.
Great shot - right place, right time.
Chris

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 12:13 PM

What a little Sod!.....I wonder if the makers of these Squirrel proof feeders are aware of it, don't get me wrong here, I know the sparrowhawk has to feed. But this makes it a little easier for them!......I've never like these kind of feeders anyway, even more so now! Great capture Bri and thanks for bring it to our attention.....

Ade

Last Modified By Ade_Osman at 29 Jan 2012 - 12:14 PM

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gloccy
gloccy  3 Scotland
29 Jan 2012 - 12:26 PM

Well captured. There is one or several that hunt in my back garden. Only feathers or the odd foot left after dinner.

Craig

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 1:31 PM

I know, Sparrowhawks also must eat and indeed are beautiful looking birds but just loath it when the strike in our garden. If we see them in time, we chase them off! Well times image here but so very sad to see.

Ann

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6535 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 2:09 PM

Rather gruesome but that's nature I suppose, amazing timing. - gary

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 2:32 PM

Stunning capture Brian. You must have been really alert to capture this one.
Ron

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franken
franken e2 Member 123135 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 3:47 PM

Nicely timed Brian.

Ken

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 3:54 PM

bloomin eck! your not safe anywhere these days Wink bird or man!

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 626 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 4:12 PM

Great timing Brian.......hope he got away,
Geoff.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 4:45 PM

Avoid these feeders obviously - know the sparrowhawk has to eat but he can capture his food without the help of humans. Having said that, you did well to capture this shot Brian.
Joan.

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gingerdelight
29 Jan 2012 - 5:05 PM

Excellent capture Brian, a sad image but Nature is Nature after all.
Carol

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42352 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
29 Jan 2012 - 7:42 PM

Nature is cruel as we all know but a superbly timed shot Brian. Had a sparrowhawk in the garden yesterday and the birds got away fine but he just landed on a perch & stared me out - devil!! No - I hadn't got the camera to hand either!! Lou

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 7:44 PM

Excellent capture Brian,feel sorry for the tit though hope he made it out..Lin

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 7:58 PM

Wherever there is a feeding station, there will be a SH, trying his or her look occasionally.

I have "squirrel busters" on all my feeders at the woods, though not of this design - if I didn't then I could not afford to keep the project going - I found out the hard way, by weeks and weeks of observationGrin
Since I installed them all and adapted some to fit the larger seed feeders, the Greys have cleared off

Perhaps I am fortunate, that there is no easy line of flight for the SH to take, with a quick exitSmile

In the nearly two years I have been at my current set up, I have only seen the SH come in twice and both times missedWink, though he/she does sit in one of the trees about 30 yard away from time to time.
I might add that I have never seen any evidence either of a kill

Adrian

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cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 8cheesey vcard United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 - 8:50 PM

Great shot and well timed Brian. I have a female Sparrow Hawk playing havoc with my feeding station ( in my back yard ) , and this week alone its nailed a Collared Dove, Hedge sparrow and a Blackbird , and thats just what I,ve noticed when stood in the kitchen. It wouldnt be so bad if I could get a decent shot of it but its way too quick for me.
Regards Cheesey.

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213hardy e2 Member 6555 forum posts213hardy vcard England
29 Jan 2012 - 9:20 PM

Excellent timing, Great Capture

Den

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OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 - 7:49 AM

Great capture Brian, spot on timming.
Regards Shaun

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 - 2:48 PM

amazing capture brian,great timing,well done indeed.ray

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2012 - 4:02 PM

luckily our resident kestrels leave 'my' tits and dunnocks alone I have never thought it necessary to put a cage round the feeder, the doormice usually end up having to jump down to the ground which is to high for their liking
sorry got carried away! of course picture is excellent, perfect timing!

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2012 - 11:06 AM

You've captured the moment superbly Brian, they have some of these cage type feeders at Slimbridge too but I haven't seen any birds being taken off them as yet

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UrbaneMagick
20 Feb 2012 - 8:50 PM

great shot Brina..poor tit though!!

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