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Garden Sparrowhawk!!!

By Mobieus
Had the pleasure and suprise of seeing this Sparrowhawk in my garden this morning. My wife shouted to me to "come and have a look at this bird", i was rather stunned to see this beauty feeding on a sparrow on my decking. Her mate was waiting for more sparrows to land in a nearby apple tree of my neighbour. I managed to get some 20 odd shots through the kitchen window before they flew off. Not too bad a result seeing as it was through glass and all lol.

We live on the outskirts of a large city, and can only think that they must be nesting somewhere close by. Anyway, thanks for looking and as usual all constructive comments welcome.

F 4.5
ISO 500
1/200 sec

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: phototime, whiteswan01, mikaela4 and 16 more

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whiteswan01 13 13 England
14 May 2009 6:12PM
wow cool shot
14 May 2009 6:15PM
Nice capture
gwood 13 2 England
14 May 2009 6:52PM
Well taken detailed capture..
motorsportpictures 13 289 23 United Kingdom
14 May 2009 7:31PM
Stunning shot.
14 May 2009 9:06PM
Great shot, especially through glass.

14 May 2009 11:01PM
Good capture,
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
14 May 2009 11:10PM
well caught. We had one recently too. You were lucky to get them so close, or were you? Smile
DannoM 13 58 England
15 May 2009 12:06AM
nice shot, lucky u! well done
Mobieus 14 48 Wales
15 May 2009 11:41AM
Thanks for the comments folks Smile

Yes i was pleased with the results when considered it was through glass, I was amazed to get as many shots as I did when they were only about 30ft away.

Lets hope that they come back and see if they can get another meal from my garden.
Newtman 15 2 5
15 May 2009 1:58PM
It is funny to think that 30 years ago these birds were so rare that they were specially protected. Now they are very common and one passes through my garden quite often, and at least twice has taken a pigeon. I have never managed to get anything as good as this though, well caught.

Rachel99 12 1 2 United Kingdom
15 May 2009 8:18PM
Superb capture. I would not have realised it was taken through glass if you hadn't said so.
Mobieus 14 48 Wales
15 May 2009 8:41PM
Lol, Rachel you can thank my good wife for that, she made me clean the windows just the day before...

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