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Lunch 10 - Sparrowhawk

By SimonFletch  
Back in August this year, I was unwell, with some form of blood poisoning - turned out to be a wobbly tooth, which had an abcess and was drip feeding me with gunge, so was right-as-rain after the tooth was pulled - but I was feeling pretty weak and low at the time. I was in my home in The Highlands and pulled up a Conservatory blind on a dull, lifeless day, which suddenly turned into being quite lively indeed.

A female Sparrowhawk had taken down a Wood Pigeon and was feasting on it, on my pathway, immediately outside the window whose blind I had pulled. The Sparrowhawk's wings shot up, in unison with my eyebrows and she took off. Damn. And Blast.

But she was back at around 11am, pulled her meal further along the path and continued pulling off feathers, ripping apart the chest and stomach and satiating her appetite. Stealth was the order of the day - and I was not about to show myself in that Conservatory window again. The nearest window to her was in the Bathroom, high up. Armed with camera, I placed one foot on the loo and the other, spreadeagled, on the side of the bath and hopped up. Legs and arms trembling (I really was not well), I spent some time getting as many images as I could, before my legs started feeling numb, 'went to sleep' and I fell off the side of the bath, with a crash which had the Sparrowhawk take off again. Damn. And Blast, Again.

4pm saw her return to her feast and the Wood Pigeon was much lighter, so she was able to drag it onto the back lawn, away from whatever demon was inside the building. I was far more comfortable, sitting in my Study chair, with my lens poking out under the curtain, until she had finished - and flew off leaving me with no more than a pile of feathers and bones.

Judge: "How many images did you take that day?". Simon: "fiveundred, yer Honour". Judge: And you were supposed to be unwell, you are Mad!" Simon: "Guilty, as charged".

This set of 7 images, 'Lunch 10', is dedicated to fellow epz member Steve aka ' Sparrowhawk ', who is currently having some issues with DSS social workers, OTS and Wheelchair Services. Steve, when dealing with these bureaucrats, just pull off their feathers - and - rip out their guts..! Good Luck, mate. Hope it brings you a smile when you are dealing with them Smile

Tags: Food Lunch Sparrowhawk Predator Wood pigeon Wildlife and nature

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Dec 2013 4:20AM
Excellent and gory to the n-th degree Simon !! Excellent and most entertaining write up too GrinGrin

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ukgubbi 6 5 India
9 Dec 2013 4:30AM
Fantastic narrative. Well observed and presented image.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 4:52AM
Early bird this morning Simon what a great story and excellent captures do like v5 the way it's tugging at its heart strings super set mate
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
9 Dec 2013 5:05AM
Amazing photography and an hilarious story, would have loved to have been there to see you perching on the loo....glad to hear I am not the only one that captures 500 images at a time .....well done
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 5:21AM
An incredible set of high quality wildlife documentary images Simon. "Superb"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
gwynn56 6 87 England
9 Dec 2013 6:15AM
nice capture , and my sympathies go to anyone dealing with tw atosWink
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
9 Dec 2013 6:38AM
A fantastic series of shots and an excellent write up that gave me a laugh on a Monday morning. Cheers for both.

9 Dec 2013 6:48AM
Excellent set Simon,
9 Dec 2013 6:50AM
Great set, especially V5 - awesome!
Stunning! Great images (and narrative). Well captured.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
9 Dec 2013 7:38AM
Great story but glad I had my breakfast some time ago Simon, photography first class.


Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 8:29AM
A superb set of images Simon, all really good, but if I had to pick a fav it would be V3
Bantu 4 7 1 India
9 Dec 2013 9:09AM
all variants superb capture plus great story.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 10:54AM
Wow, brilliant images , we have one that visits the garden sometimes, stunning birds,

Ali SmileSmile
9 Dec 2013 1:11PM
An awesome set of images Simon + a great story!
Now that's a story and a half. Pics pretty impressive too! Well done indeed!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
9 Dec 2013 4:19PM
Best write-up I've read in I don't know how long...and seriously top notch crime scene photos to go with it. V5 is amazing!

BRAVO on this fantastic sequence of shots.

And I'm glad you and your kit didn't suffer any damage in the bathroom crash!

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Dec 2013 4:24PM
What a terrific set of natural history images which are full of gory details, these are definitely not for the squeamish members on here! You've documented this pigeon being devoured brilliantly and your narrative was most amusing.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
9 Dec 2013 4:24PM
Nature in the raw here Simon.
Super set.
(And I know all about these bureaucrats.After working 42 years and only 6 weeks on the ''sick'' in all that time,I was medically retired due to Emphysema.It took me 3 YEARS to get my benefits that I am fully entitled too !!)
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
9 Dec 2013 5:10PM
Stunning Images Simon!!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2013 6:18PM
Superb capture Simon, fantastic set.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
9 Dec 2013 10:01PM
A superb series of shots here Simon. if any of your last 10 uploads to be called Lunch, this one desrves it Grin
Glad to be vote number 30 for the RC award.

9 Dec 2013 10:03PM
Absolutely superb set Simon and loved the write up. Fantastic. Cathy

Quote:Amazing photography and an hilarious story, would have loved to have been there to see you perching on the loo....glad to hear I am not the only one that captures 500 images at a time .....well done

Too True.

Outstanding images Simon..I tried to give you a UA but was told no ?? don't know why ?? Please consider it given..Smile

Amazing images..and more than worthy of all the trouble you went to..Wink

Lynette GrinGrin
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
10 Dec 2013 4:46AM
Amazing shots, well deserved the awards.
Potra 5 Venezuela
11 Dec 2013 4:24AM
Fantastic set of images, Simon. This is the second pigeon I see (in this site) killed by these predators.
2 Jan 2014 4:14PM
these are superb sorry simon i was having a tough time because Christmas was coming and it was the first year with out either of my parents !you are in know way responsible i was just finding life very tough ! i too had this experience a few years back superb sight to see though a little gorey but that's nature

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