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User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 10:53AM
Great capture Brian.

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cleg 8 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 11:12AM
Good capture mate.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
29 Jan 2012 11:16AM
Even Sparrowhawks have to eat! I'd never thought about the squirrel-proof feeders being traps for little birds. You must have been quick to catch this!
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 11:24AM
Hi Brian, I bet that woke you up from your morning snooze! Tongue Just showed the wife and she says that she doesn't like nature anymore!!

Good shot.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Jan 2012 11:50AM
A sad image, Brian, but the sparrowhawk has to eat, very well captured. Carol
29 Jan 2012 12:01PM
Like you say Brian " not nice to see " but that's nature, superb timing with this shot.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
29 Jan 2012 12:05PM
As stated Brian they have to eat but still not nice to see, quick action capture mate!


SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
29 Jan 2012 12:10PM
I've never seen sparrowhawks do this and wouldn't even have thought they could reach through the cages and catch birds. I'll watch out for my local hawk but so far it's only captured pigeons, which it devours in one sitting under the bush at the bottom of the garden.
Great shot - right place, right time.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
29 Jan 2012 12:13PM
What a little Sod!.....I wonder if the makers of these Squirrel proof feeders are aware of it, don't get me wrong here, I know the sparrowhawk has to feed. But this makes it a little easier for them!......I've never like these kind of feeders anyway, even more so now! Great capture Bri and thanks for bring it to our attention.....

gloccy 7 Scotland
29 Jan 2012 12:26PM
Well captured. There is one or several that hunt in my back garden. Only feathers or the odd foot left after dinner.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
29 Jan 2012 1:31PM
I know, Sparrowhawks also must eat and indeed are beautiful looking birds but just loath it when the strike in our garden. If we see them in time, we chase them off! Well times image here but so very sad to see.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
29 Jan 2012 2:09PM
Rather gruesome but that's nature I suppose, amazing timing. - gary
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 Jan 2012 2:32PM
Stunning capture Brian. You must have been really alert to capture this one.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 3:47PM
Nicely timed Brian.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 3:54PM
bloomin eck! your not safe anywhere these days Wink bird or man!
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
29 Jan 2012 4:12PM
Great timing Brian.......hope he got away,
9 10 10 England
29 Jan 2012 4:45PM
Avoid these feeders obviously - know the sparrowhawk has to eat but he can capture his food without the help of humans. Having said that, you did well to capture this shot Brian.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 5:05PM
Excellent capture Brian, a sad image but Nature is Nature after all.
29 Jan 2012 7:42PM
Nature is cruel as we all know but a superbly timed shot Brian. Had a sparrowhawk in the garden yesterday and the birds got away fine but he just landed on a perch & stared me out - devil!! No - I hadn't got the camera to hand either!! Lou
29 Jan 2012 7:44PM
Excellent capture Brian,feel sorry for the tit though hope he made it out..Lin
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 7:58PM
Wherever there is a feeding station, there will be a SH, trying his or her look occasionally.

I have "squirrel busters" on all my feeders at the woods, though not of this design - if I didn't then I could not afford to keep the project going - I found out the hard way, by weeks and weeks of observationGrin
Since I installed them all and adapted some to fit the larger seed feeders, the Greys have cleared off

Perhaps I am fortunate, that there is no easy line of flight for the SH to take, with a quick exitSmile

In the nearly two years I have been at my current set up, I have only seen the SH come in twice and both times missedWink, though he/she does sit in one of the trees about 30 yard away from time to time.
I might add that I have never seen any evidence either of a kill

cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2012 8:50PM
Great shot and well timed Brian. I have a female Sparrow Hawk playing havoc with my feeding station ( in my back yard ) , and this week alone its nailed a Collared Dove, Hedge sparrow and a Blackbird , and thats just what I,ve noticed when stood in the kitchen. It wouldnt be so bad if I could get a decent shot of it but its way too quick for me.
Regards Cheesey.
29 Jan 2012 9:20PM
Excellent timing, Great Capture

OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2012 7:49AM
Great capture Brian, spot on timming.
Regards Shaun
amazing capture brian,great timing,well done indeed.ray
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
30 Jan 2012 4:02PM
luckily our resident kestrels leave 'my' tits and dunnocks alone I have never thought it necessary to put a cage round the feeder, the doormice usually end up having to jump down to the ground which is to high for their liking
sorry got carried away! of course picture is excellent, perfect timing!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Feb 2012 11:06AM
You've captured the moment superbly Brian, they have some of these cage type feeders at Slimbridge too but I haven't seen any birds being taken off them as yet
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 8:50PM
great shot Brina..poor tit though!!

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