On the birdbath in our garden. Cruel but most impressive to watch
There's no cruelty there, David, it's just what they do.
large bird, possibly female, superb photograph.
I had an upclose encounter with a sparrowhawk, popped it on youtube, amazing creatures,
Part 1 http://youtu.be/2H7019-ByrE Part2 http://youtu.be/L9Vx9PpcTtg
Quite right Colin it is what they do, most efficiently dispatching their prey only when they need to.
Love your video Jermy not sure I would be attempting to pick up your particular bird with bare hands stunned or otherwise though. We have had a similar thing happen to a sparrowhawk but luckily left it to recover for some 10 to 15 mins which it did.
Having an allotment locally for produce means that our rear garden at home is not regimented at all with several overgrown areas. Birds of all types love it as there are plenty of protected roosting places and we encourage them with regular food offerings. This means the sparrowhawk has easier pickings at our house and a reason probably why they are such regular visitors. I have a camera with a zoom lens set up permantly and usually shoot through the patio window with a polarising filter.
Hello David, totally agree about picking up raptors with bare hands, that was unintentional but certainly a learning curve :-/ it proved his talons were fully functional though so I was happy to release it with that in mind. I too have a 'wild' area or three LOL !! in my patch, surrounded by trees & fields & put up bird feeders throughout winter. Keen on all aspects of wildlife & take photos most days, the longtails dive into the fatballs in tens & as you know never remain still for a second so my challenge was full-on last winter. Just a 'happy snapper' as I call myself with the camera ( Nikon D5100 entry level dslr) )
Buzzards came into the Fens about 4 years ago & kites appeared this summer, wonderful to see.
Here's another vid of a robin I raised & successfully released, way too long at 8 mins but this little chap fascinated me, near dead, cold & wet when found at the base of the predated nest but I cant ignore trying to help. What a survivor this turned out to be. I was aware that Twid could also be predated by raptores - - - the irony of that eh? http://youtu.be/IBVxes68D9c
Not veg related so apologies in advance folks but organic gardening & nature are inseparable to me
Apologies veg gardeners for this lengthy thread of which this is hopefully the last comment.
Well done with the Robin Jermy great work
ditto ! ;-)
Hi all we do have a Gardening for Wildlife Group. Please join and contribute.
excellent Andrew! I had no idea! cheers.
Hi Andrew yes I am a member of this excellent group.
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