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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 45

Image Taken on 24 Sep 2014 at 10:50    Image of day on 05 Dec 2014

Later in the morning possibly the same Sparrowhawk flew past us and then back, no doubt eyes peeled for an unsuspecting victim for his 'elevenses' (it was 10:50 a.m.).


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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2017 at 15:34    Image of day on 29 May 2017

We haven't seen a Sparrowhawk well for months, but here it made a two-way flyby. Sparrowhawks fly very fast, and having no reference to space the image accurately, we have just tried for an interesting arrangements.


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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2017 at 15:35    Image of day on 29 May 2017

We haven't seen a Sparrowhawk well for months, but here it made a two-way flyby. Sparrowhawks fly very fast, and having no reference to space the image accurately, we have just tried for an interesting arrangements.


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2015 at 16:14    Image of day on 26 Oct 2015

The Sparrowhawk flying into the a diagonal wind from the bird's front right. Based on the clouds this is an accurate montage.


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Image Taken on 13 Jun 2010 at 09:38    Image of day on 28 Jul 2010

An unusually visible flyby of this orange-yellow eyed Sparrowhawk gave a chance for a few shots. The spacing etc of these is arbitrary - we have no positional reference in the bland sky. Since we took these we have glimpsed it twice in the next few days trying to grab birds near the house - the more normal whizz - what was that - gone.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2014 at 16:24    Image of day on 10 Nov 2014

Sparrowhawk sightings are usually brief affairs as they speed from one hunting area to another, catching their prey by surprise. They fly fast - this is about a third of a second of flight and the correct spacing between the bird images should be about 3 times body length. Sparrowhawk always show what we call the 'mad yellow eye'.


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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2010 at 15:24    Image of day on 17 Oct 2010

The local Sparrowhawk doing one of it's high speed fly-bys.


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2015 at 16:14    Image of day on 26 Oct 2015

Sparrowhawk visits are normally ' whoosh by and gone'. But out on the disused farm track this one circled quite slowly a couple of times and gave us a chance for some photos.


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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2008 at 13:15    Image of day on 29 Sep 2008

Think this is a juvenile sparrowhawk doing a one-off pass.


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Image Taken on 14 Oct 2006 at 16:19    Image of day on 22 Oct 2006

What do you do with a dead pigeon:- Feel sad for it's death but note that it was plucked (raptor rather than fox) and wasn't wasted. Then put the remains out as 'bait' and see what happens. It was put out 1Hr 40m before the first image timed at 4:19p.m. Tomorrows image concludes the sequence.


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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2014 at 11:04    Image of day on 26 Nov 2014

Wow - a close to full frame Sparrowhawk at the kitchen window just as it landed on the peanut feeder perch and took its own portrait


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Image Taken on 24 Sep 2013 at 18:59    Image of day on 24 Nov 2013

An unexpected moment as the Sparrowhawk landed facing the camera to give us this wonderful view. A look at the CCTV recording shows that it skimmed low over the main pond behind, landed here and stayed for about 1 minute before flying on.


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Image Taken on 25 Nov 2008 at 13:21    Image of day on 13 Dec 2008

A biting north wind limited the birds and us to short forays. The birds were all trying to keep near the ground - even the corvids. This sparrowhawk swooped by us skimming over the ground so close to it that it's shadow is only just offset.


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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2010 at 09:42    Image of day on 21 Apr 2010

This Sparrowhawk made an atypical loop round the house before vanishing as fast as it arrived.


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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2009 at 09:19    Image of day on 27 Oct 2009

We don't see much of this bird except as Wham-Bang-Grab-Gone visits to take tits at the bird feeders, so its nice to get a few pics. The bird actually got so close it filled the frame for a moment but horribly blurred and human necks don't bend far enough backwards to follow it.


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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2009 at 09:19    Image of day on 27 Oct 2009




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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2009 at 09:19    Image of day on 27 Oct 2009




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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2010 at 17:48    Image of day on 25 Oct 2010

And now a moment from their hunting technique - sit on a wire, post or branch until you see a tempting insect. Launch towards it (may be 0.5 to several metres away), grab it, then fly back to your previous perch or another one nearby. Here we were lucky to catch the exact moment of the insect inside the beak but not yet captive - it did get it judging by the following two frames.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2009 at 05:51    Image of day on 20 Jun 2009

The starlings that nested in the loft have fledged and are appearing round the house. We don't know what is going on here, but mostly they are being fed by parents or feeding themselves. The parent is on the left.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2011 at 17:49    Image of day on 14 Jun 2011

Young starlings are in abundance. This family has at least 3 youngsters being fed at feeders, in bushes & on the ground.


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