Sunday, 28 January 2018


We were out in the garden enjoying an overnight fall of wet w that was perfect for making snow holes in and building snowmen when I heard alarm calls suggesting the presence of a Sparrowhawk. It took a few seconds before I saw it but it landed in a bush in the garden with a bird in its talons. It then moved to an apple tree by the house where it started ripping feathers off its lunch. This allowed me to run into the house, collect both cameras and go carefully out the back door where I was only a few metres from the bird. As is often the  case when they have a kill they are not too concerned by anything else and this allowed me to take both film and stills.

a 2cy female Sparrowhawk eating a female House Sparrow 

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