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A near full frame capture of a Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) pinning an unfortunate Blue Tit to a branch. The drama unfolded last July, 5m in front of my chair hide in the garden. The chase and struggle were all over in a flash Sad

May thanks for your great support of my last upload, with a special thank you to Ju (JuBarney) for her User Award. All very much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Jul 2013 - 3:17 PM
Focal Length:500mm taken 5m from subject, tripod.
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Mother Nature's Dark Side
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:10 Oct 2013 - 7:04 PM
Tags:Accipiter nisus, Bird, Bird of prey, Blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus, Eurasian, Garden, Raptor, Sparrowhawk, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:55

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 7:08 PM

A fine capture indeed Sylvia - they despatch their prey very quickly and efficiently - you had a rare treat there...

Mike

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leswoodward
leswoodward e2 Member 1leswoodward vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 - 7:29 PM

Stunning capture,right place right time

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john_starkey
10 Oct 2013 - 7:31 PM

Beautiful capture Sylvia,they are a very striking bird of prey,

John.

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dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
10 Oct 2013 - 7:31 PM

beautiful

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franken
franken e2 Member 123263 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 7:47 PM

Superb!

ken

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Myathebirdwatcher999
Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior Member 2 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 - 7:51 PM

Brilliant shot!

MyaGrin

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 8:11 PM

Wow!!!!!! what an amazing image....superb photography

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 8:11 PM

What an event to pan out in your own garden and so close by: that's nature though and you have caught the occasion in immaculate detail, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

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ScottishHaggis
10 Oct 2013 - 8:24 PM

Excellent. Grin Kenny

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3260 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 8:39 PM

Nature at work......excellent cjavascript:;apture...........GrinGrin

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dave1967
dave1967 e2 Member 3dave1967 vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 - 9:16 PM

Great shot
Dave

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2013 - 10:48 PM

A terrific pin sharp shot of this skilled hunter, nature red in tooth and claw

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 - 11:03 PM

Stunning capture. Pleased to be vote #30.

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SteveMackay
11 Oct 2013 - 12:37 AM

Amazing capture, Sylvia!, great title too!, a stunning image in every way!Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2013 - 5:55 AM

Sad to see, but that is nature, and even the sparrowhawk has a right to eat. Carol

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2013 - 10:13 AM

Absolutely superb Sylvia - super sharp detail and wonderful clarity and colour in his eye.
Brian.

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AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 3AnnJ vcard Scotland
13 Oct 2013 - 4:49 PM

Superb shot, fabulous detail and great composition. Ann.

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2013 - 6:16 PM

Amazing image well done

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2013 - 7:47 AM

An excellent capture

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