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N 342 B 8.7K C 56 E Jan 14, 2018 F Jan 15, 2018
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Not the shot I had in mind.

This Sparrowhawk is about to launch into an attack and I wanted to catch it with its wings outstretched.

NO CHANCE!

I crancked up the ISO and hit the shutter as soon as I thought it was about to strike.

Even at 12 f.p.s, the next shot in the frame was just a blur and it was barely recognisable as a Sparrowhawk.

It had been perched for several minutes watching the small birds. I don't know what the trigger is that makes it choose one bird over another, I do know that when its brain sends the signal, it reacts in a time frame that mere humans cannot comprehend.

Although I couldn't react quickly enough, the Greenfinch that it had in the "cross hairs" was quick enough to take evasive action - showing the fine balance between predator and prey.

This bird is a young male and over the coming weeks, the yellow eye will turn to marmalade orange and it will take on the stunning plumage of an adult.

I hope it stays around and maybe give me another chance to get the shot I desperately want.

Tags:   Sparrowhawk Accipter nisus juvenile Male

N 103 B 1.4K C 24 E Dec 28, 2017 F Dec 31, 2017
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THE LAST SHOT OF 2017

Tags:   Jay Garrulus glandarius acorn perched moss tree

N 140 B 1.8K C 40 E Nov 17, 2017 F Dec 27, 2017
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Already paired up and coming in every evening.

Tags:   Little Owl pair

N 1.6K B 66.8K C 154 E Dec 21, 2017 F Dec 21, 2017
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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!

I thought it makes a change from a Robin.

Tags:   Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus pair holly holly berries

N 92 B 1.9K C 18 E May 13, 2017 F Dec 20, 2017
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A shot from back in the summer. This was the last survivor of 3 Lapwing chicks.

Sadly, it didn't make it. The crows finally took it, along with a family of Redshank and Ringed Plover chicks.

Tags:   Lapwing Vanellus vanellus chick


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