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By Maiwand
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
The Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), also known as the northern sparrowhawk or simply the sparrowhawk, is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Adult male Eurasian sparrowhawks have bluish grey upperparts and orange-barred underparts; females and juveniles are brown above with brown barring below. The female is up to 25% larger than the male one of the largest differences between the sexes in any bird species. Though it is a predator which specialises in catching woodland birds, the Eurasian sparrowhawk can be found in any habitat and often hunts garden birds in towns and cities. Males tend to take smaller birds, including tits, finches, and sparrows; females catch primarily thrushes and starlings, but are capable of killing birds weighing 500 grams (18 oz) or more. (Courtesy Wiki)

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Tags: Wildlife Nature Birds Wildlife and nature Maiwand

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2 Apr 2015 10:03AM
2 Apr 2015 10:12AM
Fine capture Ron,
ColleenA Plus
8 472 7 Australia
2 Apr 2015 10:17AM
Wow......stunning shot
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 10:34AM
Superb capture, Ron.

DonMc 12 4 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 10:40AM
Excellent capture Ron and thank you for the information also!SmileSmileSmile
Regards Don
2 Apr 2015 10:47AM
Well captured. Superb image.
2 Apr 2015 11:16AM
First class photography, Ron - the look of triumph on its face is wonderful.

TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 11:59AM
Great shot, Ron.
tonyng Plus
11 11 3 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 12:43PM
Wow - nature at work. Well captured Ron.
Rev2 11 302 2 England
2 Apr 2015 12:45PM
An excellent shot of this big female at work.
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 1:01PM
A beautifully posed and detailed capture of this splendid Sparrowhawk and prey. Wonderful colouring and light adding to the appeal. Thanks for sharing Ron..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
2 Apr 2015 4:16PM
A cracker Ron, superb detailed image.
phillG 14 220 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 4:45PM
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
2 Apr 2015 5:23PM
Highly detailed and telling a great story-- wonderful image!
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 6:11PM
Great shot here Ron, with his meal
rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 6:37PM
Superb capture and presentation, Ron.

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
2 Apr 2015 8:59PM
Great posture as it covers it next meal Smile super shot Ron.
UrbaneMagick 9 172 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 9:14PM
Fantastic capture Ron, you catch all the right moments perfectly!! Gareth.
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 9:27PM
A superb capture Ron

2 Apr 2015 9:30PM
Superb shot. Cathy
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
3 Apr 2015 3:43AM
Excellent shot of this raptor and it's catch, wings spread to protect the latter in case a rival attempts to nick it (or am I supposing too much ?)
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2015 10:31AM
Superb shot

DerekL 16 225 24 England
3 Apr 2015 10:51AM
Cracking image Ron.
Nicely posed over it's prey.

Excellent capture of the bird doing what comes naturally.
Mike_Smith Plus
13 723 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2015 6:15PM
A wonderful capture of nature at its best Ron
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
3 Apr 2015 6:43PM
A terrific image of this magnificent raptor, like the alert pose as it stands guard over its kill
hasslebladuk 11 1 6 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2015 11:30PM
Top shot Ron
6 Apr 2015 8:45PM
A fabulous shot Ron. Very protective of his lunch GrinGrin

7 Apr 2015 2:33PM
Superb image Ron..Lin
ali63 9 790 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2015 9:03PM
Wonderful image GrinGrinGrinGrin
what a fantastic bird with wonderful colours and with great attention to detail excellent photography, SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
1 May 2015 12:40PM
Showing the mantle of the hawk.

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