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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.


Tags: Nature Garden Hawks Wildlife and nature Maiwand

Voters: cabbie, lonely_oryx, KBan and 81 more

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lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
7 Jul 2013 3:42PM
Superb capture

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 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 15 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.....

tomcat 12 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

DerekL 13 192 24 England
7 Jul 2013 4:22PM
Super image Ron

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Jul 2013 4:28PM
Superb, Ron. Carol
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
7 Jul 2013 4:30PM
Thanks all.
7 Jul 2013 4:56PM
Excellent Ron, great detail, super image,
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
7 Jul 2013 5:39PM
That's nature.......great capture...........GrinGrinGrinGrin
Well captured. Great image.
Brian_Scott 8 42 27 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:02PM
Nice shot Ron

Greyheron 16 282 7 England
7 Jul 2013 6:12PM
Superb reactions Ron, well done on an excellent job and capture Grin

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:13PM
Superb imagery, pin sharp throughout, a real pleasure to view.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:28PM
Incredible capture Ron!

Geofferz 9 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:28PM
Nature as intended, Great capture............. Geoff
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:44PM
When I saw similar....I couldn't hold the camera without the shakes
Quite awesome
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 6:57PM
Very exciting take and great capture

MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
7 Jul 2013 7:05PM
Well done. Nature in the raw, great image.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 7:20PM
Brilliant timing
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 7:24PM
How wonderful! Looks like the eye of the Jack Daw is pleading
For your help amazing image here, and love window photographyGrin
Sparrow hawk at one of the best opportunities captured
7 Jul 2013 7:55PM
An image to be so proud of, Ron!

bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 8:02PM
well done for getting out there in time, wonderful capture
bun Smile
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
7 Jul 2013 8:18PM
Quality capture Ron - quick work by you too.Wink Well done on the Awards.
7 Jul 2013 10:30PM
Great shot,and a brilliant portfolio 2
cheers Mick.
7 Jul 2013 10:42PM
Great shot
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 10:52PM
Superb Ron - quite exceptional in the circumstances and so very lucky to see.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
8 Jul 2013 7:03AM
Great details

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
8 Jul 2013 7:45AM
Life in the raw ~ an exceptional capture Ron.

Joline Plus
12 30 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
HSTONEY222 10 20 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 4:17PM
Yes good timing well caught .

8 Jul 2013 5:05PM
Good for your wife for seeing this,well done You too
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
8 Jul 2013 5:12PM
Well done to react so quickly Ron..c'mon now admit 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,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
8 Jul 2013 6:57PM

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

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

MossyOak 6 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
johnlw 11 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.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 9:57AM
Sorry I forgot to vote on this belter....
A big congrats on all those well deserved awards
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 3:41PM
Superb,superb ,superb

Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 5:07PM
Once in a lifetime shot Ron, fantastic capture.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 5:48PM
Super capture; for once I love your hawk as he has knocked off a crow!
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 6:16PM
Wow Ron, what timing and what a cracking shot. Well done on the awards
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
9 Jul 2013 8:59PM
Amazing response everyone. Thanks all.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Jul 2013 5:21PM
excellent reaction on your part and perfectly sharp, plus that pose!

a cracker
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 8:16PM
Fantastic capture Ron, Nature in the raw....

10 Jul 2013 8:56PM
What a cracker Ron lovely exposure and detail
Glostopcat 12 255 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.....


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 16 11 4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 2:17PM
top shot - excellent work - the result worth the effort.
teocali Plus
10 441 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.
Mackem 9 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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