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A near full frame capture (a little cropped away from the top and RHS) of a wild Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), who suddenly appeared on the top of my feeder, as I was photographing juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers in our garden yesterday. Taken 6.5m from subject, tripod.

I was concentrating on a baby GSW clinging motionless to the side of a wooden stump adjacent to the feeder and wondering why the baby wasn't moving, when he suddenly uttered a loud squawk and made his escape Smile It was only then that I looked up and saw the predator, who stayed for a fleeting moment before flying away! GSWs are, I believe, one of the Sparrowhawks favourite meals!! This one went away empty handed Smile

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - always very much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2013 - 5:11 PM
Focal Length:500mm taken 6.5m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:An Unexpected Caller
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:3 Jul 2013 - 12:23 PM
Tags:Accipiter nisus, Caller, Eurasian Sparrowhawk/raptor /bird of prey, Feeder, Garden, Great spotted woodpecker, Predator, Unexpected, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:53

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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4269 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
3 Jul 2013 - 12:44 PM

Brilliant shot and so sharp...

Harriet

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 1:21 PM

He has the killer look in his eye. He can't believe it got away. An excellent detailed capture........Sandy

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 1:46 PM

A lucky escape for the Woodpecker, and pleased to note
Sparrow-hawk went away empty 'clawed'!
great shot Sylvia and perfectly timed
Lillian

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CaroleS
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3 Jul 2013 - 1:58 PM

Excellent timing for this super capture!

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 2:28 PM

What a superb visitor to have come around, Sylvia, and you were ready to capture a shot and with your customary excellence and expertise.
Ronnie.

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 2:41 PM

A bird on a feeder tut tut
But hey what a brilliant one at that. You did very well to not spook it. Great capture Sylvia
Richard

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6261 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 2:53 PM


Quote: A bird on a feeder tut tut
But hey what a brilliant one at that. You did very well to not spook it. Great capture Sylvia
Richard

LOL! One feeder shot I couldn't resist, Richard GrinGrinGrin I was so intent on the little GSW that I didn't even look up until the Woody squawked and flew - couldn't believe my eyes! THANK YOU so much for your UA - really appreciated Smile

Sylvia

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GeorgePlatis
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3 Jul 2013 - 3:30 PM

Wonderful capture!

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christinecilia
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3 Jul 2013 - 3:52 PM

lovely shot like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 3:55 PM

Great reaction shot Sylvia to suddenly switch from one target to another like that. I think we all take Richard's point about feeders but this one was surely too good to miss. Glorious bird and exposure.GrinGrin
Ron

Last Modified By Maiwand at 3 Jul 2013 - 4:01 PM

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DerekL
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3 Jul 2013 - 4:59 PM

Super image.

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Ade_Osman
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3 Jul 2013 - 5:26 PM

oooohhh....Yer lucky beggar you!......Well done Sylvia, as you might be able to tell I'm a little green with envy, but only in a nice way.

Ade

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Glostopcat
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3 Jul 2013 - 5:27 PM

A magnificent shot of this alert looking raptor, such pin sharp detail in the plumage and the eye

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senn
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3 Jul 2013 - 5:57 PM

great sharpness and clarity ..

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Goodley
Goodley  5 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 - 6:11 PM

Brilliant sylvia,great to have that turn up in the garden,
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Greyheron
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3 Jul 2013 - 7:42 PM

Sweet Wink

Mike

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bricurtis
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3 Jul 2013 - 7:55 PM

Superb 'grab' shot Sylvia - super sharp eye - very alert pose..
Brian.

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M_squared
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3 Jul 2013 - 8:23 PM

Beautiful image. Well captured.
Lovely narrative.

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chalkhillblue
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3 Jul 2013 - 9:13 PM

A rare opportunity superbly taken, 1st class nature photography Sylvia.
David

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dave1967
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3 Jul 2013 - 9:43 PM

Cracking shot
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4 Jul 2013 - 11:04 AM

Cracking shot Sylvia, superb detail,
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SteveMackay
5 Jul 2013 - 8:55 PM

Absolutely gorgeous photo, Sylvia!!!!!!!Wink

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