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Sparrowhawk looking for lunch

Observed: 2nd March 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Birdsjccurd’s reputation in Birdsjccurd’s reputation in Birdsjccurd’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

We see a Sparrowhawk swoop through our garden relatively frequently but it rarely stops, certainly not long enough to bring any kind of camera to bear on it. On this occasion, my hawk-eyed wife spotted it sitting on a branch just beyond our garden where it stayed long enough to get the digiscope on it.
As you can see from the second less-than-sharp, lucky shot, it eventually flew off towards me. Not crystal clear but at least it's a Sparrowhawk in flight.

Identifications
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Species with which Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts

Comments

anonymous spotter's picture

Really good shot -

of the bird flying off!

jccurd's picture

Very lucky ...

... a) to get it, and b) that the focus wasn't too far off. The bird was still sitting on the branch as I pressed the shutter but, being a compact through the scope, by the time the shutter fired, this is what it was doing. No focus tracking, either. ;-)