A near full frame capture (a little cropped away from the top and RHS) of a wild Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), who suddenly appeared on the top of my feeder, as I was photographing juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers in our garden yesterday. Taken 6.5m from subject, tripod.
I was concentrating on a baby GSW clinging motionless to the side of a wooden stump adjacent to the feeder and wondering why the baby wasn't moving, when he suddenly uttered a loud squawk and made his escape
It was only then that I looked up and saw the predator, who stayed for a fleeting moment before flying away! GSWs are, I believe, one of the Sparrowhawks favourite meals!! This one went away empty handed
Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - always very much appreciated
Great spotted woodpecker
Wildlife and nature
Eurasian Sparrowhawkandraptor andbird of prey
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