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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2010 at 11:17    Image of day on 27 Oct 2010

Despite the poor weather the brief periods of sunshine brought out a few dragonflies. They are getting a bit tatty now following encounters with blackberry thorns etc., but worth a few outdoor images on-the-wing. It is really only possible when they hover for a moment - here two frames about 150mS apart as he drifted forward a little.

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Image Taken on 23 Nov 2018 at 06:57    Image of day on 08 Jan 2019

Next morning (camera back to 'normal') sees this Sparrowhawk make a botched landing before circling round for another go (too quick for the camera to catch) before spending a few minutes gazing straight at the bathroom where the light being turned on may have made the bird think it was light enough to hunt. Looking out of the window with house light off showed our eyes no detail at all. The bird has already missed the landing when the flash first fires.

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Image Taken on 19 Dec 2019 at 13:59    Image of day on 22 Jan 2020

Following several visual fleeting sightings, the female Sparrowhawk landed on the 'bird table' part of the kitchen perch for this lovely portrait. The legs and claws look incredibly 'lightweight' for the killing they have to do. The claws look almost needle-like stilettos.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2008 at 10:20    Image of day on 14 May 2008

This week the Sparrowhawk has replaced the male Kestrel as flyby tease of the week. Have always loved the mad yellow eye.

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Image Taken on 26 Mar 2008 at 12:15    Image of day on 14 Apr 2008

We believe this is a female sparrowhawk - normally viewed here as a 'woooosh - what was that' experience as a small bird exits existence :-( On a not very fine day a surprisingly good thermal raised this circling bird from just about photographable distance to a speck in the blue in a couple of minutes with barely a wing flap.

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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2019 at 17:36    Image of day on 31 Aug 2019

This female Sparrowhawk flies right to left with a medium sized bird in her Talons and some of it's downy feathers stuck to the bottom of her beak. She turns in the air and flies back a bit further away where we got a better view of the prey - colour and size suggest a female Blackbird.
The 3 images are rescaled and exposure normalised to make a decent triplet.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 15:49    Image of day on 10 Dec 2010

An unexpectedly extended and impressive showing by the sparrowhawk circling overhead for a few moments.

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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2018 at 16:07    Image of day on 21 Oct 2018

A week later this Sparrowhawk flashed by overhead.
This bird has suddenly become very active in and around our patch, with several piles of plucked feathers in plain view, and new such heaps appearing on most days.

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

A single frame of the Sparrowhawk as it winged overhead

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Image Taken on 02 Mar 2010 at 10:52    Image of day on 06 Apr 2010

The sparrowhawk passed over the house with the camera for once pointed in the right general direction so we caught this overhead view.

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2009 at 12:36    Image of day on 19 Nov 2009

Sparrowhawks are generally seen flying at high speed in purposeful fashion, as here, but for once right by us, giving a chance at a portrait.

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Image Taken on 09 Nov 2008 at 09:50    Image of day on 23 Nov 2008

Its unusual to be able to photograph a flying sparrowhawk against anything but sky, so here is an different perspective against a poplar tree.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2006 at 12:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2006

While photographing some hedge plants Marie spotted this sparrowhawk (probably the pigeon predator) as it momentarily circled a few times overhead.

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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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