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Sparrowhawk (accipiter nisus)
I was so pleased to capture a few shots of this bird in my small back garden a few days ago that I hope I will be forgiven for posting another in the series of that event. I dont suppose I will ever be so fortunate to repeat the event so I thought perhaps I would make the best of it. This shot, of course, shows the bird spreading his wings over his kill to cover,hide,or protect his meal from others. This action is quite instinctive and, as many will know, is known as 'mantling'.

I do not have the words to sufficiently thank everyone for the tremendous c/c's given to the previous post. But I would like to particularly thank Alda for the GE, Ronnie( ronnieag) Steve (sparrowhawk) Brian (bricurtis) Alan (alan basely) Jason(jasonrwl) Ade (ade osman) Matt (herge88) Geoff (feather friend) Richard (mossy oak) Mike (hasslebladuk). All for their personal awards.
Thanks everyone

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jun 2013 - 6:12 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Sparrowhawk
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:12 Jul 2013 - 8:25 PM
Tags:Gardens, Maiwand., Nature, Raptors, Wildlife / nature
Votes:80

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:29 PM

pin sharp detail ron wonderful colour and tones love the pose a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:34 PM

wow Ron this is a superb shot if only you'df uploaded it earlier today you'd of definitely got my UA it superb

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MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 991 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:35 PM

Excellent detail again.
Congrats on deserved awards on previous one.
Malcolm

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:46 PM

Well Ron, I think I have to give you another award. This is just so good. ........Sandy

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NaturesHaven
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:47 PM

Another fine capture.............tears for the Starling.............SadSadSad

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 8johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:50 PM

Super sharp and a lovely capture. I think you can afford to show a few of these.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91929 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:51 PM

You have done it again - well done Ron.Smile
Brian.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:52 PM

Congrats on your GEA: richly deserved for this once in a lifetime shot, and captured in such excellent detail.
Ronnie.

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DicksPics
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12 Jul 2013 - 8:55 PM

Well done on your GEA, Ron!
This fantastic image thoroughly deserves it!

Richard

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:56 PM

Definitely a once in a life time chance...and superbly captured
and as was too late to UA you last time
tonight's UA nightGrinGrin
Lillian

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 8:58 PM

Not too far to scrollWink no doubt give it another couple of hours and you will have a queue a mile longSmile superb timing Ron and great detail

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Badgerfred
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12 Jul 2013 - 9:04 PM

Excellent Ron, a well timed capture and great detail,
Fred.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96185 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 9:21 PM

Wait until the Starlings get youWink

Top shot RonSmile

Adrian

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 9:23 PM

an outstanding and most amazing image!


envious!

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franken
franken e2 Member 123271 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 9:30 PM

Impressive wildlife capture Ron.

Ken

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richmowil
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12 Jul 2013 - 9:52 PM

Excellent Image!! First Class!!

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 10:20 PM

Thanks very much indeed everyone.
Ron

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 10:43 PM

Great capture of life in the raw.

Albert

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EileenH
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12 Jul 2013 - 10:47 PM

Great capture Smile

Eileen

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 11:25 PM

Simply superb, Ron - wonderful capture showing true animal behaviour.
Sylvia

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 - 11:29 PM

Stunning capture. Life as it is.

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Ade_Osman
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13 Jul 2013 - 2:46 AM

You post as many as you like Ron, especially if the quality is as good as this!

Ade

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Hermanus
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13 Jul 2013 - 4:58 AM

Totally excellent Ron !! What a great capture this is Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2013 - 5:37 AM

A superb image, Ron, excellent detail, very well captured. Carol

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Goodley
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13 Jul 2013 - 7:51 AM

Excellent capture.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2013 - 9:02 AM

Thank you all.
Ron

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2013 - 11:42 AM

Another top draw shot Ron excellent
mike

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FeatherFriend
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13 Jul 2013 - 12:00 PM

I'm also sleeping with a camera under the pillow like you Ron, trouble is it takes a while to get used to the lumps, quite painful at times Wink
Another belter and so deserving of all the awards my friend,
Geoff.

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Joline
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13 Jul 2013 - 12:12 PM

A fabulous and fortuitous image from your garden. Perfectly caught in its action.

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rayme330
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13 Jul 2013 - 12:12 PM

Another terrific shot and write up in this series, Ron.

Ray

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MossyOak
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13 Jul 2013 - 12:25 PM

Well captured and a bonus with the mantling Ron
Richard

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4740 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2013 - 5:27 PM

Cracking shot !!!.......had one in my garden just this morning !!

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Louise_Morris
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13 Jul 2013 - 7:23 PM

Super shot again Ron - always good to see nature in the raw! Lou

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Holmewood
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14 Jul 2013 - 12:40 AM

Fantastic shot

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Mackem
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14 Jul 2013 - 8:03 AM

Lovely image Ron, you were so fortunate to have the Sparrowhawk in the right orientation it makes for a perfect natural history photograph.

Cheers, Tony

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michaelo
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14 Jul 2013 - 12:18 PM

brilliant,just brilliant!!!!

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Glostopcat
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14 Jul 2013 - 6:05 PM

A fantastic follow up Ron, you've really nailed this majestic raptor

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CaroleS
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15 Jul 2013 - 8:11 AM

You really did make the most of an amazing opportunity - a fine image.

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7212 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2013 - 5:13 PM

Another cracking shot Ron, i wish i had a few like this

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accipiter
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16 Jul 2013 - 5:10 PM

another cracker here Ron. the ferocity of this small accipiter clearly shown. A

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PaulLiley
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17 Jul 2013 - 5:27 AM

Great opportunist shot. A fine sharp image. Paul

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leontari
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17 Jul 2013 - 1:06 PM

An excellently detailed image! Great capture.
Effrossini

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Brian65
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17 Jul 2013 - 3:44 PM

All has been said Ron.
Brian

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AnnChown
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24 Jul 2013 - 7:29 AM

Cracking shot Ron!
Ann

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xwang
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28 Jul 2013 - 4:51 PM

Superbly captured image.. in your garden? Good lord, I thought that you fed them until I saw a real bird...nice writing up, I've never heard this before.

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SteveMackay
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6 Aug 2013 - 6:07 PM

Wonderful shot Ron!, a real cracker!!!SmileSmileSmile

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stub197
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Great Shot !!

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