Feb Day 9 Photo Challenge

Male Sparrowhawk

The weather was cold today and i decided to venture out in the freezing cold and take a chance on a nice sighting or 2. I sat for 4 hours and with the ground being solid i could not feel my feet after 2 hours. Ruth had made me lunch and a flask and a bag of nuts to munch on.

It was great when the Barn Owl appeared and caught a vole on its 3 attempt. It went for cover in the barn so it went very quiet. Then i spotted a Kestrel hunting in the field to my left but it was to far away to get an image. Then it made a kill and went back to the building where it lives. On its way in it landed on the roof and to my delight a second one arrived and landed next to

A buzzard flew high over the field and just went higher and higher. It was then i tucked into my peanuts and while i crunched away i looked up and spotted a object about 15 feet on the grass mound in front of the hide. I quickly grabbed my camera and slowly pushed the lens hood through the gap in the hide and took 2 images before it took off.

Not a lot today to talk about but it was great to see 4 species of birds,

Key information

Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey. They’re adapted for hunting birds in confined spaces like dense woodland, so gardens are ideal hunting grounds for them. Adult male sparrowhawks have bluish-grey back and wings and orangey-brown bars on their chest and belly. Females and young birds have brown back and wings, and brown bars underneath. Sparrowhawks have bright yellow or orangey eyes, long, yellow legs and long talons. Females are larger than males, as with all birds of prey.

What they eat:

Mainly small birds, but 120 different species have been recorded. Males can catch birds up to thrush size, but females, being bigger, can catch birds up to pigeon size. Some sparrowhawks catch bats.

Measurements:

Length:28-38cmWingspan:55-70cmWeight:110-196g (male); 185-342g (female)

Population:

 UK breeding:35,000 pairs

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