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By arhb      
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
Shot info:
ISO 800

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

Voters: Richsr, CraigJones, tim g and 48 more

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11 Jul 2009 1:32PM
Stunning close up, beautiful colours well done


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Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
11 Jul 2009 1:32PM
Like the details and tones in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
11 Jul 2009 1:42PM
Super shot, so sharp.
Magnificent bird, but I can't help but be
glad the baby tit got away that time !

redshank 7 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 1:42PM
What a great capture of male Sparrowhawk, one of my fav's.
As far as I know only the Gos eyes change to orange.
bertty 7 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 1:44PM
Good one . very lucky, well done.
7 10 10 England
11 Jul 2009 1:48PM
Superb image - and I enjoyed the narritive too!
PeelNStick 12 4 United States
11 Jul 2009 1:53PM
Great crop and eye contact.
jeanmarie 7 12 England
11 Jul 2009 2:23PM
fantastic detail and colour. jeanette
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
11 Jul 2009 2:35PM
Most impressive, terrific detail and colours in the plumage
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
11 Jul 2009 3:14PM
Superb narrative and sharp capture.
woollyback 11 50
11 Jul 2009 3:21PM
Great colours and details - the eye is ace

Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
11 Jul 2009 3:30PM
Spectacular capture Andrew particularly of a wild bird. Great capture.
fossilized 12 79 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 3:34PM
A beautifully crisp capture.
bagupsteve 13 43 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 3:50PM
amazing shot we all need a bit of luck sometimes well done ,
rgards steve
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
11 Jul 2009 4:18PM
A beauty,hope you manage some more of this beautiful bird.
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
11 Jul 2009 4:28PM
Lovely light and detail

shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 6:11PM
Wow wow absolutely superb congrats what a beautiful image wow
11 Jul 2009 6:56PM
Wonderful sharp close up image. I should think that you got great satisfaction from seeing this.
jayjay52 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 7:45PM
Brilliant close up shot
11 Jul 2009 8:24PM
Wonderful shot and great narrative Andrew

11 Jul 2009 8:35PM
gerrymac 9 10 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2009 10:11PM
That is gorgeous....
Karrol 8 29 England
12 Jul 2009 12:53AM
Brilliant shot!
12 Jul 2009 10:11AM
Very special!
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2009 12:13PM
Superbly taken, Andrew. Your narrative makes this even more special.
I have seen similar incidents several times at my local reserve but have not so far been fortunate enough to grab a photo like this. In my dreams...
DannoM 8 58 England
12 Jul 2009 12:39PM
excellent, really great shot
jan 1 12 12 Netherlands
12 Jul 2009 4:08PM
Hello Andrew.
Really a stunning sharp shot of this gorgeous Hawk.
Complements and thanks for showing.
13 Jul 2009 6:19AM
and write is EXCELLENT
13 Jul 2009 9:48PM
Pin sharp detail and super exposure, terrific shot.

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