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By Maiwand
Sparrowhawk (accipiter nisus)
I was so pleased to capture a few shots of this bird in my small back garden a few days ago that I hope I will be forgiven for posting another in the series of that event. I dont suppose I will ever be so fortunate to repeat the event so I thought perhaps I would make the best of it. This shot, of course, shows the bird spreading his wings over his kill to cover,hide,or protect his meal from others. This action is quite instinctive and, as many will know, is known as 'mantling'.

I do not have the words to sufficiently thank everyone for the tremendous c/c's given to the previous post. But I would like to particularly thank Alda for the GE, Ronnie( ronnieag) Steve (sparrowhawk) Brian (bricurtis) Alan (alan basely) Jason(jasonrwl) Ade (ade osman) Matt (herge88) Geoff (feather friend) Richard (mossy oak) Mike (hasslebladuk). All for their personal awards.
Thanks everyone

Tags: Nature Gardens Raptors Wildlife and nature Maiwand

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 8:29PM
pin sharp detail ron wonderful colour and tones love the pose a cracker nice one Wink

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12 Jul 2013 8:34PM
wow Ron this is a superb shot if only you'df uploaded it earlier today you'd of definitely got my UA it superb
MalcolmM Plus
12 909 5 Scotland
12 Jul 2013 8:35PM
Excellent detail again.
Congrats on deserved awards on previous one.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
12 Jul 2013 8:46PM
Well Ron, I think I have to give you another award. This is just so good. ........Sandy
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
12 Jul 2013 8:47PM
Another fine capture.............tears for the Starling.............SadSadSad
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 8:50PM
Super sharp and a lovely capture. I think you can afford to show a few of these.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
12 Jul 2013 8:51PM
You have done it again - well done Ron.Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
12 Jul 2013 8:52PM
Congrats on your GEA: richly deserved for this once in a lifetime shot, and captured in such excellent detail.
12 Jul 2013 8:55PM
Well done on your GEA, Ron!
This fantastic image thoroughly deserves it!

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 8:56PM
Definitely a once in a life time chance...and superbly captured
and as was too late to UA you last time
tonight's UA nightGrinGrin
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 8:58PM
Not too far to scrollWink no doubt give it another couple of hours and you will have a queue a mile longSmile superb timing Ron and great detail
12 Jul 2013 9:04PM
Excellent Ron, a well timed capture and great detail,
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 9:21PM
Wait until the Starlings get youWink

Top shot RonSmile

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Jul 2013 9:23PM
an outstanding and most amazing image!

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 9:30PM
Impressive wildlife capture Ron.

richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
12 Jul 2013 9:52PM
Excellent Image!! First Class!!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 Jul 2013 10:20PM
Thanks very much indeed everyone.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
12 Jul 2013 10:43PM
Great capture of life in the raw.

EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2013 10:47PM
Great capture Smile

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
12 Jul 2013 11:25PM
Simply superb, Ron - wonderful capture showing true animal behaviour.
12 Jul 2013 11:29PM
Stunning capture. Life as it is.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
13 Jul 2013 2:46AM
You post as many as you like Ron, especially if the quality is as good as this!

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
13 Jul 2013 4:58AM
Totally excellent Ron !! What a great capture this is Smile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Jul 2013 5:37AM
A superb image, Ron, excellent detail, very well captured. Carol
13 Jul 2013 7:51AM
Excellent capture.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Jul 2013 9:02AM
Thank you all.
13 Jul 2013 11:42AM
Another top draw shot Ron excellent
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
13 Jul 2013 12:00PM
I'm also sleeping with a camera under the pillow like you Ron, trouble is it takes a while to get used to the lumps, quite painful at times Wink
Another belter and so deserving of all the awards my friend,
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
13 Jul 2013 12:12PM
A fabulous and fortuitous image from your garden. Perfectly caught in its action.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2013 12:12PM
Another terrific shot and write up in this series, Ron.

MossyOak 6 22 15 England
13 Jul 2013 12:25PM
Well captured and a bonus with the mantling Ron
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2013 5:27PM
Cracking shot !!!.......had one in my garden just this morning !!
13 Jul 2013 7:23PM
Super shot again Ron - always good to see nature in the raw! Lou
14 Jul 2013 12:40AM
Fantastic shot
Mackem 9 7 England
14 Jul 2013 8:03AM
Lovely image Ron, you were so fortunate to have the Sparrowhawk in the right orientation it makes for a perfect natural history photograph.

Cheers, Tony
michaelo Plus
11 11 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2013 12:18PM
brilliant,just brilliant!!!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Jul 2013 6:05PM
A fantastic follow up Ron, you've really nailed this majestic raptor
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2013 8:11AM
You really did make the most of an amazing opportunity - a fine image.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 482 1 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2013 5:13PM
Another cracking shot Ron, i wish i had a few like this
16 Jul 2013 5:10PM
another cracker here Ron. the ferocity of this small accipiter clearly shown. A
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 5:27AM
Great opportunist shot. A fine sharp image. Paul
17 Jul 2013 1:06PM
An excellently detailed image! Great capture.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 3:44PM
All has been said Ron.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 7:29AM
Cracking shot Ron!
xwang 9 56 8
28 Jul 2013 4:51PM
Superbly captured image.. in your garden? Good lord, I thought that you fed them until I saw a real bird...nice writing up, I've never heard this before.
6 Aug 2013 6:07PM
Wonderful shot Ron!, a real cracker!!!SmileSmileSmile
14 Jan 2014 10:20PM
Great Shot !!

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