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This Sparrowhawk, in our Garden

bird of pray Sparrowhawk
Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens, iso 400
A Sparrow-hawk in our garden
Photography by : Nigel borrington

One Saturday afternoon last summer I arrived back from a morning visit to a local wildlife reserve, I had got some good images mostly of a fox sitting in a field just outside the woods.

I sat down in our garden with a cup of tea and started looking at my fox friend on the back of the camera, Right in front of my view landed this young and fantastic looking Sparrowhawk. As he was so close to the table I wondered if even to lift the camera would make him fly off but I had to do something, so I slowly put the camera to my eye and just for a moment he did move his head but I took about five shots and stopped just to check that the noise of the camera had not made him fly off.

In the end he stayed on the fence for about four minutes looking around the garden and letting me get some more images, we have bird feeders and I think he knew exactly what he was looking for. Sometime they very thing your looking for is under your nose!

The following web page is a great little description on the Sparrowhawk in Ireland.

11 responses

  1. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Great shot – how lucky you were to have it land right in front of you.

    July 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    • Hello Victoria

      Thank you and yes, I just had to smile. I had spent a morning trying to photograph some wildlife and was very pleased but then the best shot came right in our own Garden.

      July 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    • Hello Vicki

      Yes very πŸ™‚ thank you

      July 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  2. Great shot Nigel. Gorgeous bird! I love the colours πŸ™‚

    July 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

  3. Wow, he’s a beauty! What a great image and story Nigel. Those are the moments that get your heart racing. There’s a line from the movie Little Big Man, “Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t.” Looks like it was working for you that afternoon πŸ™‚

    July 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Thank you, I don’t know about magic but this great little hawk cast a spell on me alright ! Sorry πŸ™‚

      July 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      • πŸ™‚ Nigel

        July 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  4. Brilliant shot.

    July 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    • Hello Rabirius πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very pleased to enjoyed it and commented πŸ™‚

      July 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

  5. Magnificent!

    July 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

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