Working away at her computer, organising the thousands of photos she has and sourcing my incessant demands for photos to illustrate our blogs, Elis happened to glance up and saw this Eurasian Sparrowhawk on prey in our front garden through a gap in the blinds.
Immediately she leapt into action and started photographing it.
The prey turned out to be a juvenile House Sparrow, hence the title of this blog.
This magnificent male sat and plucked the bird for a while.
His sharp eyes soon noticed us ogling him.
He then gathered up his goods and disappeared.
This was probably the best view I've ever had of a Sparrowhawk and certainly the first time I've had one in the garden, anywhere!
|Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus on our from lawn. First record shot.|
|Male Sparrowhawk with prey.|
|One less sparrow in the world.|
|Plucking the sparrow.|
|A beak full of feathers.|
|We've been rumbled!|
|And he's off!|
|Nature at work, a real privilege to see this at close hand. Not so much fun for the sparrow though.|