Friday, 13 March 2015

A garden visitor .................................................................... without an invitation

Sparrowhawk checking out my garden feeders... looking for lunch.

A wonderful bird to see in the garden... nature is nature after all.

30 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful.

Frank said...

Super visitor. One appears here occasionally but never stops long enough for a photo-call.

Steve Wright said...

Wow. If it wasnt for the fact it would kill other garden birds etc, I would be chuffed to have one of those in my garden. My cats would think it was christmas as well lol

Eva Marie O'Brien said...

Love this photo! Magnificent bird
Have a great weekend

Susan (ABON) said...

Great shot. Such a beautiful bird!

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful image.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Only ever seen one sparrowhawk in my garden area, sat in a plane tree overlooking my neighbour's feeders for some reason...

Linda W. said...

Wonderful photo of the hawk! Very sharp and detailed.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gorgeous raptor~ and yes, part of nature's cycle (when it is a bird looking for lunch). I used to draw the line when neighborhood cats visited our feeders; they (IMHO) upset the balance.

annieelf2012 said...

Handsome and stately. I'll bet all the small birds ducked for cover.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very handsome visitor.

Pat said...

What a gorgeous bird.

holdingmoments said...

Cracking shot Andrew.
Top predator.

Brian King said...

Very handsome raptor!

Marie said...

Absolutely stunning!

Adam Jones said...

That's a stunning looking Sparrowhawk Andrew. Very jealous of that one.

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh dear! It's never good news for smaller birds when a sparrow hawk turns up!

Phil Slade said...

It's a great portrait Andrew. They are never in my garden long enough to take a picture like that. Often it's just a fly through.

Fun60 said...

I saw one of these in the garden, only once many years ago. Great photo.

Breathtaking said...

Fabulous capture of the Sparrowhalk.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...such an impressive pose! It's beautiful, isn't it?

Thanks for sharing your link this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'. I know it's gonna say "Hootin' Anni"...I'm just in my personal blog admin right now instead of my birding blog.

Have a great day.

Andrea Priebe said...

Well, by the time he decides to stop and sit for a minute the hunt is over ... the birds are gone and he is thinking about his next move ... what a beauty. I love all of natures birds and I respect the roll that the hauks and owls play in keeping the balance and maintaining the integrity of the strains of pray birds. This is an amazing shot, Andrew ...

Andrea @ Fromn The Sol

Carletta said...

Wow! A terrific close up!

pattisjarrett said...

Nice shot! Hopefully it won't get too many of your sparrows.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful bird.

Latane Barton said...

Wow, I've never seen one of those! Thanks for giving me (and others) a peek.

NatureFootstep said...

a beautiful bird and image. And, they need food too. :)

Mary Cromer said...

Oh it is lovely, looks a lot like our Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawks. They do like to pop in those bird feeding stations though~

eileeninmd said...

Awesome close up, it is a beautiful bird! Thank you for linking up, sorry I am late commenting!

carolann said...

My friend was talking to me on phone. She said your never going to believe what is on my bird feeder.

Same as you this magnificent bird .

She lives in the city
but she has a bush close by.