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Sparrowhawk

By Maiwand
Sparrowhawk (accipiter nisus)
We were roused by a heck of a lot of squawking and squealing coming from our very small back garden. My wife quickly moved the curtain to one side (she is good at that !!!) and called me. Fortunately I had a camera to hand. I managed to nip through the garage and, through the garage window which happily was open, I was able to fire off about 20 shots before he decided to pick up his meal and retire to a great big Oak next door to devour it. All hand held of course. No time for a tripod. I am quite pleased with the result and I hope you will be also.

As always my very grateful thanks for all c/c's given to the Stonechat and particular thanks to Lillian for her User Award.

Ron

Tags: Nature Garden Hawks Wildlife and nature Maiwand

Voters: cabbie, lonely_oryx, KBan and 81 more

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Comments


lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
7 Jul 2013 3:42PM
Superb capture

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taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
7 Jul 2013 4:06PM
Oh, Yes-- you got a perfect capture here--- Impressive!
7 Jul 2013 4:09PM
wonderful experience to capture i have had the same luck myself a few years back!! love it
Well done indeed Ron! What a capture! Superb! Lou
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
7 Jul 2013 4:12PM
Some folk get all the luck Sad Well done Ron, for a grab shot I'd be more than happy.....

Ade
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 4:14PM
What an opportune shot Ron

Top stuff mate indeed, though I doubt the poor victim would agree

Adrian
DerekL 11 163 24 England
7 Jul 2013 4:22PM
Super image Ron

Derek
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
7 Jul 2013 4:28PM
Superb, Ron. Carol
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
7 Jul 2013 4:30PM
Thanks all.
Ron
Excellent Ron, great detail, super image,
Fred.
7 Jul 2013 5:39PM
That's nature.......great capture...........GrinGrinGrinGrin
Well captured. Great image.
7 Jul 2013 6:02PM
Nice shot Ron

Brian
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
7 Jul 2013 6:12PM
Superb reactions Ron, well done on an excellent job and capture Grin

Mike
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:13PM
Superb imagery, pin sharp throughout, a real pleasure to view.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
7 Jul 2013 6:28PM
Incredible capture Ron!

Ken
7 Jul 2013 6:28PM
Nature as intended, Great capture............. Geoff
7 Jul 2013 6:44PM
When I saw similar....I couldn't hold the camera without the shakes
Quite awesome
User_Removed 3 4 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:57PM
Very exciting take and great capture

Bob
MalcolmM Plus
10 448 4 Scotland
7 Jul 2013 7:05PM
Well done. Nature in the raw, great image.
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 7:20PM
Brilliant timing
Lillian Plus
6 21 17 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 7:24PM
How wonderful! Looks like the eye of the Jack Daw is pleading
For your help too...an amazing image here, and love window photographyGrin
Sparrow hawk at one of the best opportunities captured
Lillian
7 Jul 2013 7:55PM
An image to be so proud of, Ron!

Richard
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 8:02PM
well done for getting out there in time, wonderful capture
bun Smile
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
7 Jul 2013 8:18PM
Quality capture Ron - quick work by you too.Wink Well done on the Awards.
Brian.
Great shot,and a brilliant portfolio 2
cheers Mick.
7 Jul 2013 10:42PM
Great shot
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 10:52PM
Superb Ron - quite exceptional in the circumstances and so very lucky to see.
Jason
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
8 Jul 2013 7:03AM
Great details

Peter
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
8 Jul 2013 7:45AM
Life in the raw ~ an exceptional capture Ron.

Albert
Joline Plus
9 27 53 United States
8 Jul 2013 12:05PM
Good for your wife for seeing this, and even better for you getting to a place to photograph it so well before he flew off.
8 Jul 2013 2:08PM
Wonderful capture in your own garden
Brian
HSTONEY222 8 20 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 4:17PM
Yes good timing well caught .

Howard.
8 Jul 2013 5:05PM
Good for your wife for seeing this,well done You too
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
8 Jul 2013 5:12PM
Well done to react so quickly Ron..c'mon now admit it.....you sleep with a camera under you pillow Grin

Really well done to get such a brilliant shot and congrats on the really well deserved GEA and UA's,
Geoff.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
8 Jul 2013 6:57PM

Quote:Well done to react so quickly Ron..c'mon now admit it.....you sleep with a camera under you pillow Grin

You have had your bino's on me Geoff.!!!!
Bowled over by your UA. Many thanks.
Ron

MossyOak 4 22 15 England
8 Jul 2013 7:05PM
I can just see you now Ron stalking through to the garage for this. The User Award goes to Betty for spotting it.
What a superb image and great detail.
I would say you are back to yourself now
Richard
johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 7:26PM
You couldn't have got any better even with a tripod great capture. Not so great for the little bird.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.
9 Jul 2013 9:57AM
Sorry I forgot to vote on this belter....
A big congrats on all those well deserved awards
ali63 Plus
4 739 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 3:41PM
Superb,superb ,superb


Ali
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 5:07PM
Once in a lifetime shot Ron, fantastic capture.
Brian
JuBarney Plus
4 18 3 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 5:48PM
Super capture; for once I love your hawk as he has knocked off a crow!
Ju
Mike_Smith Plus
8 285 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 6:16PM
Wow Ron, what timing and what a cracking shot. Well done on the awards
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
9 Jul 2013 8:59PM
Amazing response everyone. Thanks all.
Ron
annettep38 Plus
4 217 38 Costa Rica
10 Jul 2013 5:21PM
excellent reaction on your part and perfectly sharp, plus that pose!

a cracker
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 8:16PM
Fantastic capture Ron, Nature in the raw....

Ray
10 Jul 2013 8:56PM
What a cracker Ron lovely exposure and detail
mike
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
11 Jul 2013 11:24PM
A brilliant opportunistic capture of this majestic bird Ron, the detail and clarity in the plumage is terrific. This one fully deserves all the accolades it has received.
Quote:Some folk get all the luck Sad Well done Ron, for a grab shot I'd be more than happy.....

Ade

I don't know why the Big O is bemoaning his luck, you make your own luck as they say. Most of the time when I was on a photoshoot with him on the levels he was either too slow and preocuupied with something else or was moaning about something or other, just as bad as his namesake the Tomcat!WinkGrinTongue
A Booth 13 11 4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 2:17PM
top shot - excellent work - the result worth the effort.
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
12 Jul 2013 11:23PM
Stunning work, Ron - such a rare opportunity, captured to perfection. Wish I had seen this one before, but playing catch-up at the moment. Congrats on the well deserved awards.
Sylvia
Mackem 7 7 England
14 Jul 2013 8:08AM
Lovely picture Ron, a perfect pose from the bird and with the the Starling is nice and sharp too.

Cheers, Tony
16 Jul 2013 5:06PM
Superb capture - an opportunity well taken Ron. Well done indeed. A

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