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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 11th February, 2021)

Lunch


Lunch
Taken in back garden, sparrow hawk just caught a blackbird for dinner.

Photo: Dave Thomas  (Canon PowerShot G3 X)
Views: 1,843

Comment by: Dave lewis on 11th February 2021 at 00:31

Great picture Dave, Mother Nature taking it's course I so wished it could of been a nasty pigeon, I love all garden birds, sadly we don't see them to often in urban areas as people seem to have a love for cats.

Comment by: (f on 11th February 2021 at 02:08

Nature's hitman, silent one,
weapon chosen, talon gun,
Laser vision, bullet speed,
target locked on,
Menu feed..

Comment by: Mick on 11th February 2021 at 07:44

They will be very hungry at this time of the year

Comment by: Gary on 11th February 2021 at 08:07

One of these landed on my back fence, here in the NE last month. Blackbirds, sparrows starlings and gulls made quick exits - it had a "just popped into Sainsbury's" look.
Flew off and within a minute, back like a rocket, to take a sparrow.
Good photo, Dave.
Nature, eh?

Comment by: Rubyshoes on 11th February 2021 at 08:42

Beautiful capture and a beautiful bird. Nature seems cruel at times but it's survival for the sparrow hawk.

Comment by: Poet on 11th February 2021 at 08:46

Years ago a Sparrow hawk killed itself by crashing through the glass in my neighbour's greenhouse . It was in pursuit of a Blackbird that had hopped inside to avail itself of the worms in his plant boxes . A case of 'Those that live by the sword ...' , I think .
A good photo .

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 11th February 2021 at 09:18

Dave, really good photo ! just yesterday I saw the same scene in my garden here in Yorkshire I wish that I could have got the same photo that you have. Well Done !

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th February 2021 at 09:31

I can't bring myself to say "lunch", and never will . Good photo though.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th February 2021 at 09:39

No other bird would dare to approach... the look in the Sparrow Hawk's eye says it all. The little sparrow must be his favourite morsel... poor little thing. They're not safe from cats and not safe from the bigger birds.

Comment by: Mick on 11th February 2021 at 09:57

Poet one came crashing down in my neighbours garden and got tangled up in the netting that was covering his veg, lucky I saw it happen and I jumped the fence and I carefully untangled it and let it fly off again.

Comment by: Veronica on 11th February 2021 at 09:58

The Mafiosa of the Bird World.. next time I see one I'll be chasing it off... sweeping brush in hand!

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 11th February 2021 at 12:08

Well captured both of you!

Comment by: Lynne on 11th February 2021 at 15:04

No doubt about it... it is a "dog eat dog" kind of life on planet Earth. I wonder if it's any different on other worlds?

Comment by: Maureen on 11th February 2021 at 15:46

I put a comment on yesterday and today and neither has appeared...come on Ron..where are they..lol.

Comment by: janet on 11th February 2021 at 16:32

good photo of the windhover dave not so good of the blackbbird

Comment by: Edna on 11th February 2021 at 17:24

Dave, the birds in my garden have no peace for the cats, so I'll be chasing them with a sweeping brush.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 11th February 2021 at 18:00

Janet, the bird in the photo is a sparrowhawk.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 11th February 2021 at 18:07

Maureen, that's happened to me a couple of times recently! xx

Comment by: Mal on 11th February 2021 at 18:38

Janet, the 'windhover' is another name for the kestrel, not the sparrowhawk.

Comment by: Maureen on 11th February 2021 at 19:24

I remember that Irene..it's a mystery isn't it.

Comment by: Maureen on 12th February 2021 at 10:36

I put a comment on yesterday and today and neither has appeared...come on Ron..where are they..lol.

Comment by: Maureen on 12th February 2021 at 11:52

Does anyone know why my comment doubles up,it's happened a couple of times lately.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th February 2021 at 13:19

It must be a throwback to the days when you had to keep telling the kids over and over again Maureen. " I'll not tell you two again" !

Comment by: Maureen on 12th February 2021 at 15:00

True Veronica..x

Comment by: Edna on 12th February 2021 at 15:06

Maureen and Irene, talking of missing comments, its happened to me a couple of times, in fact just today.When I scrolled up, it asked for my code again, so Ron wouldn't have got it.xx

Comment by: Maureen on 12th February 2021 at 17:27

True Veronica..x

Comment by: Maureen on 12th February 2021 at 18:14

Done it again.lol

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