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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 4th June, 2020)

Sparrow Hawk

Sparrow Hawk
Taken through my kitchen window so not crystal clear, I was just making my tea at time.so made a dash for the camera. Seems the Sparrow Hawk has also got its tea ready.

Photo: David Barker  (Nikon D3000 with Tamron 300mm x 70mm VC lens)
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Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 4th June 2020 at 00:18

Nature in the raw David.
What a magnificent bird, you did well to capture that scene David. Chances like that don’t come every day. Not much fun for the victim though.

Comment by: Pw on 4th June 2020 at 08:12

David, well done,

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th June 2020 at 08:40

As Dennis says, it's Nature. He has to feed himself and his family like Dads everywhere. But he's definitely a Wigan Sparrow Hawk. I'm sure I just heard hear him say "Getten thi!".

Comment by: Fred Mason on 4th June 2020 at 08:47

Excellent photo.

I was watching a blue tit out of the corner of eye, eating from a bird feeder outside my back door one day. All of a sudden there was blurring flash and the blue tit wasn't there any more. I figure that a sparrowhawk attacked the poor little fellow.

Well done, David.

Comment by: Poet on 4th June 2020 at 08:56

Awesome . The Priest's killer.
You take some great bird photos David.

Comment by: Philip G. on 4th June 2020 at 09:12

I had the same situation on my back lawn a short while ago. I'd opened the door for no more than just a few inches before the bird flew off - didn't even have the time to raise the camera. All that remained on the lawn were the feathers of a starling.

Comment by: Garry on 4th June 2020 at 09:58

I know it's nature but it looks like it's killed a blackbird who could have a nest with young ones to feed as well. But the Sparrow Hawk is a bird of pray and nature is what it is, I wish they could leave our garden birds alone and sort after mice, and other millions of vermin in our fields.
I need a sherry.

Comment by: Mick on 4th June 2020 at 10:04

I caught one on video under my laurel hedge eating a pigeon.


Comment by: Veronica on 4th June 2020 at 10:17

Great photo , it's as if the picture speaks ...""don't dare to come near - it's all mine" .. Looks 'nowty' as well !

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th June 2020 at 10:29

I do agree with you Garry, and I hope the victim DOESN'T have a family waiting to be fed, but as you say it's nature and they have to take their chance. It would have made me angry had a lad with a catapult killed it, but nature is nature. My daughter and I once witnessed two birds dragging another bird along a river bank by its wings with lots more birds following behind and screeching. The captive bird had obviously done something wrong and was being ostracised. It really upset me seeing it but you can't interfere and they were sorting it out as humans would have done. Have you enough sherry for an extra glass, please?!

Comment by: Garry on 4th June 2020 at 11:26

Always plenty sherry in stock, Irene.x

Comment by: Mick on 4th June 2020 at 11:46

Not always the case that it had done something wrong Irene, animals and sometimes human beings can gang up on individuals.
The lovely elegant swans for instance chase off there young if they dont leave home by a certain time, and if they dont leave they can even kill them.

Just watch this video if you dont believe me.


Comment by: Anne on 4th June 2020 at 13:43

Quite true Mick. Only last week I could see the adult buzzards who nest in the trees across from me were seeing off their own youngsters.

Comment by: David Barker on 4th June 2020 at 16:44

Thanks everyone for your comments much appreciated ,David.

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th June 2020 at 18:25

Thankyou Mick. I didn't know about animals ganging up on others and swans chasing off their young. I hadn't realised that and I would rather not watch the video of that happening but, again, it's Nature, and I thank you for sending the link should I have wanted to watch it.

Comment by: Mick on 4th June 2020 at 22:22

Irene you could get your husband to watch it and then he can tell you what went on.
I was talking to your old friend Dennis the other day on the canal bank

Comment by: irene roberts on 5th June 2020 at 08:08

Dennis Miller? Lovely man. I hope you found him well.

Comment by: Mick on 5th June 2020 at 17:00

He was very well Irene, and on his way to work,

Comment by: Terry on 12th June 2020 at 11:01

MIck, it is obviously true what you say about ALL animals. However, please try not to reply to others in such a condescending manner. Wiganworld posters are NOT children.

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