So I'm sat in the garden this morning, in my chair-hide, hoping I might get some finches or GSW's, given that yesteray was a good day for tits. Today was good for tits also, but this raptor flew in low over the fence, and with the precision of a jet-fighter, landing on a caged nut-feeder, where a young tit was feeding.
I'm fairly sure that the tit got away - I had to change my train of thought from that of 'watching the wildlife spectacle', to that of 'Get some bloody shots in!'. I focused on the feeder, by which time there was nothing there, and looked around the camera to see the sparrowhawk perched on the ground 4m away, composing itself, and somewhat frustrated(as you can see by the look in it's eye) that a meal had just eluded it.
I managed to fire of this shot before it flew away, but I have no doubt it will be back. I didn't mention it yesterday with the 'tit upload, but this raptor came through from the same point, almost flying right into the hide, again showing it's outstanding flying ability, by banking right and downward toward some small rabbits grazing a short distance away.
So here it is.
Something I've been informed about regarding eye colour of the sparrowhawk and the goshawk, is that when young, the eyes are bright yellow, and as the bird ages, they turn to an orange/amber colour. Maybe someone can confirm this, or let me know otherwise, as I'd like to know for sure.
Thanks for looking
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