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Sparrow Hawk
 Sparrow Hawk   by David Barker  (Nikon D3000 Tamron 70-300mm VC 1/20s F/16)
Taken through the upstairs window, the sparrow hawk is on my garden aviary watching the budgies.

Comment by Owdkewyed on 1st November 2013 at 00:18
They would make a colourful meal for it !... gorgeous bird though.


Comment by Ken R on 1st November 2013 at 00:32
Nice one David, it was probably looking for an easy meal. Crème a la budgie, or something like that.


Comment by kath on 1st November 2013 at 06:18
I was having coffee with a friend yesterday and we were saying how we've both seen more birds of prey this summer. My brother gets one diving in his street and taking pigeons.
great photo.


Comment by peterp on 1st November 2013 at 07:22
Good for keeping the cats away has long as it does not frighten the budgies


Comment by Garry on 1st November 2013 at 07:42
Can anyone shed any light on the difference of a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel, they both look the same to me. Good photo David and hopefully the budgies were safe.


Comment by Scholes Malc on 1st November 2013 at 07:50
He looks mean!
brilliant shot David


Comment by Harry C. on 1st November 2013 at 08:11
Well spotted, looks like your being watched also. I had one in my garden recently after the birds.


Comment by Lizzie down under on 1st November 2013 at 08:43
He is a beauty....we get them here too...always after the doves or anything that moves.....brilliant pic ....well done David....cheers!!!!


Comment by Kenee on 1st November 2013 at 09:37
I was always told to eat my greens.


Comment by Tweety Pie on 1st November 2013 at 11:43
Much better photo if you had opened the cage./// Proper action photo then.


Comment by Marcus on 1st November 2013 at 12:40
I think you have the fox in charge of the chicken coop here David. Good photo.


Comment by Robert H on 1st November 2013 at 13:21
A Sparrowhawk has orange eyes (or yellow if it's a Juvenile). Also Sparrowhawk's don't hover. A Kestrel can hover and had completly Black eyes. The pic looks like a juvenile Sparrowhawk to me (but I'm no expert!)


Comment by Ellen on 1st November 2013 at 17:08
It seems Tweety Pie Isn't so "Tweet", after all!


Comment by Ellen on 1st November 2013 at 17:15
Great picture David. Is it just me,but does he heh ave a slight resemblance to an owl around the head??!! He has a "my beady eye is on you" look that I remember from one of my long-ago teachers!


Comment by Dave (Oy) on 1st November 2013 at 20:03
She's a beauty!


Comment by John H on 1st November 2013 at 21:00
Great shot I love it


Comment by Mick on 1st November 2013 at 22:18
Instead of taking photos of this hawk scaring you budgies to death wouldnt it have been better to shooo it away.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 1st November 2013 at 22:44
David ,looks like you were in the right place at the right time.


Comment by David on 2nd November 2013 at 01:21
Thank you ,for your comments,Dave Oy did point out to me it was a female Sparrow Hawk, more photos on communication under garden visitor,we live and learn ha.


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