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.