Sparrowhawk with kill

Sparrowhawk with kill

Observation - Sparrowhawk with kill. Description: This bird had just killed a pigeon. She was very suspicious and alternated between 'mantling' her kill, looking up and around, and hopping into a different position to check for rivals or bigger predators. She ate nearly all of the pigeon, leaving only a

This bird had just killed a pigeon. She was very suspicious and alternated between 'mantling' her kill, looking up and around, and hopping into a different position to check for rivals or bigger predators.
She ate nearly all of the pigeon, leaving only a handful of feathers

EDIT - as per BobTheBirder's comment below: I think I mis-identified this bird as a female. Looking in my identification guides, they tend to show males as having quite a ruddy breast and females a speckled grey. However, this bird had colouration between the two: with some pinkish colour at the throat. I think this is suggestiong a younger male. Therefore I have edited the description for this observation.