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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

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jun 2013 - 6:14 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Sparrowhawk
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:7 Jul 2013 - 3:36 PM
Tags:Garden, Hawks, Maiwand., Nature, Wildlife / nature
Votes:84
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Views:341
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lonely_oryx
7 Jul 2013 - 3:42 PM

Superb capture

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taggart
taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 4:06 PM

Oh, Yes-- you got a perfect capture here--- Impressive!

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk Plus Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 4:09 PM

wonderful experience to capture i have had the same luck myself a few years back!! love it

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Louise_Morris
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7 Jul 2013 - 4:10 PM

Well done indeed Ron! What a capture! Superb! Lou

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Ade_Osman
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7 Jul 2013 - 4:12 PM

Some folk get all the luck Sad Well done Ron, for a grab shot I'd be more than happy.....

Ade

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tomcat
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7 Jul 2013 - 4:14 PM

What an opportune shot Ron

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

Adrian

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DerekL
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7 Jul 2013 - 4:22 PM

Super image Ron

Derek

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CarolG
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7 Jul 2013 - 4:28 PM

Superb, Ron. Carol

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Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 4:30 PM

Thanks all.
Ron

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7 Jul 2013 - 4:56 PM

Excellent Ron, great detail, super image,
Fred.

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NaturesHaven
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7 Jul 2013 - 5:39 PM

That's nature.......great capture...........GrinGrinGrinGrin

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M_squared
M_squared Plus Member 4M_squared vcard United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 - 5:50 PM

Well captured. Great image.

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Brian_Scott
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7 Jul 2013 - 6:02 PM

Nice shot Ron

Brian

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Greyheron
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7 Jul 2013 - 6:12 PM

Superb reactions Ron, well done on an excellent job and capture Grin

Mike

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NDODS Plus Member 44244 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom115 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 6:13 PM

Superb imagery, pin sharp throughout, a real pleasure to view.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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franken
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7 Jul 2013 - 6:28 PM

Incredible capture Ron!

Ken

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Geofferz
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7 Jul 2013 - 6:28 PM

Nature as intended, Great capture............. Geoff

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2013 - 6:44 PM

When I saw similar....I couldn't hold the camera without the shakes
Quite awesome

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User_Removed
7 Jul 2013 - 6:57 PM

Very exciting take and great capture

Bob

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MalcolmM
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7 Jul 2013 - 7:05 PM

Well done. Nature in the raw, great image.

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pluckyfilly
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7 Jul 2013 - 7:20 PM

Brilliant timing

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Lillian
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7 Jul 2013 - 7:24 PM

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

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7 Jul 2013 - 7:55 PM

An image to be so proud of, Ron!

Richard

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 - 8:02 PM

well done for getting out there in time, wonderful capture
bun Smile

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bricurtis
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7 Jul 2013 - 8:18 PM

Quality capture Ron - quick work by you too.Wink Well done on the Awards.
Brian.

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ninpo135
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7 Jul 2013 - 10:30 PM

Great shot,and a brilliant portfolio 2
cheers Mick.

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Holmewood
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7 Jul 2013 - 10:42 PM

Great shot

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jasonrwl
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7 Jul 2013 - 10:52 PM

Superb Ron - quite exceptional in the circumstances and so very lucky to see.
Jason

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jaktis
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8 Jul 2013 - 7:03 AM

Great details

Peter

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fentiger
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8 Jul 2013 - 7:45 AM

Life in the raw ~ an exceptional capture Ron.

Albert

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Joline
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8 Jul 2013 - 12:05 PM

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.

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brian17302
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8 Jul 2013 - 2:08 PM

Wonderful capture in your own garden
Brian

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HSTONEY222
8 Jul 2013 - 4:17 PM

Yes good timing well caught .

Howard.

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maratsuikka
8 Jul 2013 - 5:05 PM

Good for your wife for seeing this,well done You too

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FeatherFriend

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.

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Maiwand
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8 Jul 2013 - 6:57 PM

[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

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MossyOak
MossyOak  3 England15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 7:05 PM

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

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johnlw
johnlw  8 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2013 - 7:26 PM

You couldn't have got any better even with a tripod great capture. Not so great for the little bird.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.

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barbarahirst
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9 Jul 2013 - 9:57 AM

Sorry I forgot to vote on this belter....
A big congrats on all those well deserved awards

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9 Jul 2013 - 3:41 PM

Superb,superb ,superb


Ali

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Brian65
Brian65  6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 - 5:07 PM

Once in a lifetime shot Ron, fantastic capture.
Brian

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JuBarney
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9 Jul 2013 - 5:48 PM

Super capture; for once I love your hawk as he has knocked off a crow!
Ju

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Mike_Smith
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9 Jul 2013 - 6:16 PM

Wow Ron, what timing and what a cracking shot. Well done on the awards

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Maiwand
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9 Jul 2013 - 8:59 PM

Amazing response everyone. Thanks all.
Ron

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annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 4204 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica34 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2013 - 5:21 PM

excellent reaction on your part and perfectly sharp, plus that pose!

a cracker

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rayme330
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10 Jul 2013 - 8:16 PM

Fantastic capture Ron, Nature in the raw....

Ray

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10 Jul 2013 - 8:56 PM

What a cracker Ron lovely exposure and detail
mike

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11 Jul 2013 - 11:24 PM

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

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A Booth
A Booth  13 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2013 - 2:17 PM

top shot - excellent work - the result worth the effort.

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teocali
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12 Jul 2013 - 11:23 PM

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

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Mackem
Mackem  6 England
14 Jul 2013 - 8:08 AM

Lovely picture Ron, a perfect pose from the bird and with the the Starling is nice and sharp too.

Cheers, Tony

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accipiter
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16 Jul 2013 - 5:06 PM

Superb capture - an opportunity well taken Ron. Well done indeed. A

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