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Old 05-05-2012, 12:12 AM
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Hi all, I hope that I've posted these images properly

This beautiful Sparrowhawk caught a pigeon and chose our back garden to dine in, so I took some photos.









Fingers crossed, he won't be a stranger!

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Cracking series of shots. The sprawk looks in fantasic condition.
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Superb photos

Definitely not a bird I'd be happy to see in my garden. Some of my bantams are pigeon-sized!
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:53 AM
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Great photos! I know we have them in our area as one crash landed in our garden last year, it overshot it's prey (as they do more often than not apparently!) and hit the house, it was stunned for a bit but soon recovered and flew off. That's the only time I've actually seen one here, but you do see pigeon carcasses around that look like the work of Sparrowhawks.

I was concerned that they might start taking my doves, but they don't seem to have as I've never lost any that I can't account for.
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They are really common these days. Lots around me. I reckon their increase might be linked to collared doves, great photos.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:38 PM
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Thank you for your kind replies.

Luckily I seem to have a gift for not spooking wild animals and I am able to get really close. I was only 12 -15 ft away and was watching it for well over 20 minutes.
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Fantastic, can only wish of that happening to me
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Stunning photos,
last autumn I was luckily enough to watch a sparrowhawk washing in the shallows of the river whilst I was canoeing.
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Lovely shots.

They do like to make a mess of the lawn!!!!!
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:03 PM
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Luckily, once it was finished, it tried to fly off with the carcass and dropped it in the neighbour's garden.
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