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4346 sparrowhawk

The other day I hear a lot of noise and know a bird is caught. I see black and grey flapping of the wings of a blackbird in the bushes.
Between the leaves I see some white and brown spots and a yellow eye. A sparrowhawk! I feel tack sharp!
Neverbefore I saw it so close.
I know at given moment it has to come out of the bushes and I hope it'll sit on a stump before flying away. So I wait.
This bird is extremely alert. The sleightest movement disturbes, and stops it from its hasty plucking.

After an hour it comes out and sits on a stump that is hidden behind a branch. Oooow! Why?
Nevertheless for a minute this lady gives me a chance to observe and make pictures. What magnificant bird this is! It is still very alert and I don't dare to zoom out my lens or change the position of my camera. The sparrowhawk would surely fly away!
And when it finally does, I can see it carries its prey.
What a magical moment this was for me.

Canon EOS 40D
1/25s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Hans Koot01-Feb-2011 20:56
schitterend.. het geduld heeft zich geloond met een prachtige opname
Peterfree01-Feb-2011 19:31
Prachtige foto en een mooi moment, waarop een electrische stroomstoot door je lijf gaat. De Sperwer verstopt zich inderdaad, om vervolgens bliksemsnel toe te slaan.
Chapeau! V.
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