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Old 27th January 2013, 03:50   #1 (permalink)
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This beautiful Sparrowhawk has been one of a pair hanging round the area for a month or so and I finally managed to snatch a shot through the patio doors and the glass around the terrace.

This is the male but I have also seen the female about, following their flight path I think they may be nesting in the wooded area of a cliff near to us.

They will take small birds with the males taking them up to Thrush size and the females being larger taking them up to Pigeon size.

Here is a short film of one hunting,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcxWKzA0ke8
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Old 27th January 2013, 07:51   #2 (permalink)
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I think that they are the most majestic looking of birds. Lovely photo, thanks for sharing it with us.
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I have one that regularly comes into my garden, but yesterday he killed a bird which I don't like, I know it is just nature, but it is still sad to watch. Diane
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Stunning shot............thank you.

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great photo thanks for sharing it.
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Such a fantastic photo John, have to say they are not one of my favourites as I too have seen them take and eat, in flight small birds, that said, yes it is nature. I am doing the RSPB Birdwatch in our garden today, this morning we've had our regular Robin, Blackbirds, Bluetits, (they are sussing the nest box out), Great Tit, Jackdaw Magpies, (Jackdaws and Magpies love the moonkey nuts I put out for our regular squirrel), Collared Doves, (I call them B52 Bombers, lol). Had our usual Hedge sparrows and Starlings, and a Seagul (Seymour) who sits on the garage quietly waiting for his meal too. Love nature.
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Used to do the garden birdwatch when I was in the Uk, it really is useful for the rspb to guage what is happening, well done.
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Used to do the garden birdwatch when I was in the Uk, it really is useful for the rspb to guage what is happening, well done.

It is John, as at one time there were concerns, in the main for our reduction of hedge sparrows, I've been doing it for years, and I am a member of the RSBP. I have to keep my beady eyes on our next doors cat though she is a bird killer lol. One year all our Blue Tits babies were fledging, the last one of 8 popped out and took a dive outside of the garden area and Tinx was waiting and gulp, poor thing was gone.
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another lovely picture John and that vid too...i didnt realise just how manoeverable these birds are in small spaces fantastic...although im a bit like Diane/strugs it makes me feel sad when i see the killing
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They have to eat and as has been said it is natures way, they are at the top of the food chain.

I would rather see them catch their prey, they only have a 1 in 20 success rate, in order to survive than the illegal killing of sparrows, blackbirds etc by humans with guns.
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