Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hawk in Hiding

Suddenly all the birds dispersed, and they seemed startled. I soon realized why, when flying low over the field near my studio, a large bird arrived and flew streight into the centre branches of a tree. Unfortunately the tree was in deep shade and it was even darker in the centre low down near the ground where the bird had perched. Because of it's position it was difficult to determine it's correct size, and it was so dark that at first I thought it was a large blackbird, but as I continued staring through my lens it became clear that it wasn't, but what was it! It was only when I viewed and lightened  my photo's that I realized I had been looking at a hawk, a Sparrowhawk. My first Sparrowhawk sighting, what a thrill! I'm showing them in black and white, as the colour was barely visible.




The Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus.
 

 

 

 
 


 

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30 comments:

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome captures of this handsome bird. Enjoy your day!

Adam said...

cool hawk

Nancy Chan said...

The sparrowhawk is a beauty. The black and white photos turned up so well.

Mike Attwood said...

Beautiful Sonjia I love black and white.

martinealison said...

Bonjour,

Je suis certaine que vous deviez être heureux d'une telle capture photographique... Cet épervier est majestueux.

Gros bisous ♡

Linda said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos of this amazing and elusive bird!

EG CameraGirl said...

I bet it's hunting for something tasty, like a mouse or mole. ;)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Sparrowhawk images.

Nick Morgan said...

It is always lovely to see a bird of prey. The Sparrowhawk is a beautiful creature.

Gosia k said...

hawk is lovely bird and dangerous one.

Christine said...

Oh how fantastic for you ! Congratulations on these wonderful photos! What a beautiful bird!

TexWisGirl said...

such sharp-eyed beauties!

Teresa said...

Es precioso. Besitos.

Stephanie said...

Stunning images!

susan said...

very majestic

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely capture however it would have been great to see one shot in colour for those people who have never seen a Sparrowhawk

eileeninmd said...

Cool series on the hawk, well done!

Lasse said...

Awesome to witness, and great pics did you get too !

NatureFootstep said...

your hawk is really gorgeous in black and white. A nice choice for these images :)

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelente trabalho....
Cumprimentos

hmuxo said...

Absolutely beautiful and you got the perfect shot of this bird!!

Marie C said...

Wonderful B&Ws! Great sighting!

Adam Jones said...

Great pictures. It looks really nice in black and white.

Ida said...

Hawk are such awesome birds. Loved your photos of this one. Those eyes really are so alert.

Mascha said...

Great photos!
My first sparrowhawk I saw sitting on a birdfeeder once on a winterday.
Waiting for meal... -

Phil Slade said...

Your right. I know when there's a Sparrowhawk around because the garden birds freeze what they are doing and go very quiet. A second or two later I might see the Sparrowhawk as it dashes through the garden but rarely stops. Nice captures of your visitor.

rainfield61 said...

A wonderful sighting.

This is what I admire a lot.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful shots of the Hawk! I hope your other yardbirds stayed safe. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

An exciting sighting of the hawk and I'm glad you could capture some photos to share.

Anni said...

Wow...such amAZing photos!!! Wow.

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