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A BIRD IN THE HAND

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My hubby was working in the garden this afternoon when he heard strange noises coming from the shed ,he went to investigate and found this beautiful Sparrowhawk smashing against the window frantically trying to get out , he was able to catch it without any trouble , it didn’t struggle at all .
He then walked to the kitchen tapping on the window with his elbow for me to go out to see it .
On the way out I grabbed my camera, I took these shots but we didn’t want to stress it too much so hubby quickly released it to go about it’s business ..

No doubt it will be back after our garden birds tomorrow

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What beautiful photo's Amy, so glad your husband rescued it,

1 Nov, 2012

amy
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Those eyes close up were truly amazing Val , it flew off up into a tall ash tree , we have had them in our garden on previous occasions ,I know it's what they do but I don't like to see the piles of feathers after their kill :o(

1 Nov, 2012

 

I agree with you Amy about piles of feathers,

1 Nov, 2012

 

I watch them hovering.....hopefully its the fieldmice that they are after......
Your oh did well to catch it before it harmed itself, is it a young one do you think?

1 Nov, 2012

 

Poor, sparrowhawk, he looks very stressed when watching his eyes. Hope he is not ill. On the other hand, your husband has very nice hands, worth of painting. Especially I like the second picture, that could easily be a logo of hawkers :)

1 Nov, 2012

 

great pics! love the last one especially.

1 Nov, 2012

 

Well done! It's great to see a creature like this so close up! Thanks for sharing your photos with us. :)

1 Nov, 2012

 

those are fabulous photos, great that you rescued him too!

1 Nov, 2012

 

brilliant photos Amy and so relieved hubby saved the beautifull bird, im amazed it didnt peck him and glad it didnt as it would have hurt like hell lol, bet he loved having this chance to hold such a beautifull bird to :o))

1 Nov, 2012

 

Wow! Truly amazing photos 'snaps' so as not to stress it. Perfect capture. Sharp beak eek and wonderful eyes

1 Nov, 2012

 

Well done , Amy's OH , and well done Amy for capturing the moment .

1 Nov, 2012

 

What brilliant pictures you've captured. Hope the bird is ok. Your Hubby did a nice job rescuing it.

1 Nov, 2012

 

That is lovely,Amy..I'm so glad T managed to catch it..magnificent birds aren't they? well done on having your camera handy..your Grandchildren will love these photo's.
:o)) x

1 Nov, 2012

 

I like the 2nd photo best. Powerful pic

1 Nov, 2012

 

An amazing bird ... well done to you and your OH :)

1 Nov, 2012

 

Wow what a thrill to see it so close up Amy, and brave Tony! Wonderful pics of a beautiful bird of prey, thank goodness he was unharmed, and able to fly back to his life...:))

1 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thank you all for your kind comments , it was a real thrill to be so close to such a beautiful wild bird , I'm pleased you enjoyed seeing the pics. we believe it was a young one Pam , I'm sure he wasn't ill Kat he looked very healthy and flew off strongly my OH laughed when he read what you said about his hands ,they were so dirty :o) Thanks Janey it will be interesting to see if he is back tomorrow they do seem to have their own areas :o))

1 Nov, 2012

 

I was also going to comment positively on the hands, but thought I might be being a bit 'forward' ;). Third pic down......great hands for painting...full of character! :)

1 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Karen , there's a life time of hard work showing in those hands , hard working /strong / gentle when need be :o))

1 Nov, 2012

 

Your hubby was lucky it was a bit stunned...good thing it didn't turn that beak into a finger shredder. He must be a very gentle man. Those huge yellow eyes seem so fierce...yet it sits so seemingly calm... knows he's not completely restrained and accepts it! How on earth did it get IN the shed?

1 Nov, 2012

 

Well done hubby on the rescuing, its a beautiful bird.
Great photo`s Amy...

1 Nov, 2012

 

I heartily support Snoopdog's comments. I try to pretend they are not there. Any killing on Natural History T/V programmes and I switch off !

2 Nov, 2012

 

A beautiful raptor! Lucky you to have been so close, and lucky raptor to have been rescued!

2 Nov, 2012

 

What a fantastic moment. It's lucky your OH was around otherwise it may well have injured its self. I know its a shame when they kill small birds..but that's nature and it can be very cruel. I think the eyes are amazing.

2 Nov, 2012

 

We had 12 doves here at the stud....didn't take long for the hawk to wipe out the lot :((

2 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Lori it isn't an ordinary shed it's what we call an Arcon , it's a large single story prefabricated building they were built to house people in after the last war ,we happen to have one at the bottom of our garden it's brilliant for storage it has a room in it for my OH's miniature railway also room for a table tennis table plus a potting room at the front for all our gardening stuff ,the door is open most of the day ,small birds often go in we wondered if the Sparrowhawk had chased one in there ..
Thanks Lincs , it's a sad fact Snoopy I put a photo on here some time ago of one sitting at the bird table it seemed to know it was it's best chance of catching a bird ! me to Diane I shut my eyes and then ask if that part has finished .Thanks Nariz / Waddy it was an unforgettable moment to be treasured in our memories ..
That is such a shame Lulu especially if they were ones you had introduced into dovecotes .. will you get any more ?

2 Nov, 2012

 

Sadly I don't think so. The owners here bought 6, 5 were killed..they bought 6 more and they were killed. Doesn't seem much point. They weren't around for long either. There are now 2 empty dovecotes. I'm longing to find a dove or two to put in them!

2 Nov, 2012

 

Terrific photos Amy, and as you say, a lovely memory to cherish :))

2 Nov, 2012

amy
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We are constantly fighting against nature Lulu we had a couple of lovely white fantails here they arrived one day and made their home in a box my OH made for them we were so excited when we found out eggs had been laid ,that is until we saw Rats running up the rose stalks leading to the box ,the eggs had gone ! the fantails left soon after they had been with us for two years ..
Thanks Sheila I'm glad you liked them :o)

2 Nov, 2012

 

Amy@I understand under "dirty hands" something else :)

3 Nov, 2012

 

I'm afraid that although I know it is nature, I can't quite take to birds of prey. I wouldn't harm a sparrow hawk and would rescue one in trouble, but I saw a film of one on the ground, slowly eating a pigeon alive. For some reason, they don't seem able to kill quickly, it was horrific. Great, thrilling pics though Amy. Thinking about it, your OH was rather brave :-)

4 Nov, 2012

 

How wonderful to see one so close up! I had one in my garden a couple of years ago and watched it as it plucked and eviscerated a young fledgling blackbird, which took around 10 minutes to do and all the while it was bombarded by the parents and other birds, which luckily it ignored and then flew off with the kill to feed its young. Yes, Nature is cruel, but it's not cruel for the sake of being cruel, as humans often can be, killing for pleasure and so called sport. But we won't get into that here!lol Thanks for posting. :^) Michelle x

4 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks BG I understand how you feel . it's a horrible thing to watch , Dixie we were in time to see a dove being caught and eaten last year the sparrowhawks wings spread over the unfortunate dove our instinct was to try to rescue it but didn't we knew it was beyond help ! yes they only kill what they need it's not for pleasure the birds wouldn't survive otherwise ☺

4 Nov, 2012

 

What excitement happening in your shed Amy!! such a thrill to see one up close, pleased he/she was not hurt, more stunned I would think.
Amazing photos.

5 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Angela , we haven't seen it since so maybe it's gone off to other hunting grounds leaving our birds alone with luck !

5 Nov, 2012

 

Lovely images.

This reminds me of the day a bird crashed into our study window. Younger Son and I rushed downstairs to investigate and found this large fierce-looking bird on the ground.

We placed it in a basket after identifying it as a sparrowhawk and took it over to our more-knowledgeable bird-identifier-neighbour who took one look at it and said, That's a cuckoo"!

Well it looked just like your images above, Amy. Never thought a cuckoo was such a fierce-looking bird with eyes just like the one above, and with talons. But then I'd never seen a cuckoo before, or since!

It spent the night in our airing cupboard with cat food and water. At 5 a.m I got up to check on it, took it outside, and it flew off without a word of thanks.............or a cuckoo!

Stupidly I never thought about photographing it.

5 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

My goodness Eirlys lucky you that must be the closest most people will ever get to seeing a Cuckoo , it was fortunate that you were on hand to rescue it and to take care of it for the night ,it was a little bit rude of it to go off without saying thank you and a Cuckoo :o( I've only ever seen a baby one to far away to see it properly a very small Dunnock was dashing backwards and forwards feeding the hungry young Cuckoo ..

5 Nov, 2012

 

Well done on the rescue, Such a gorgeous bird I know it eats smaller birds but that's nature. It's got to survive in the wild by preying on others. I think people forget that unless you are vegan or vegetarian we do the same and eat other animals. Nature can be fierce but its survival of the fittest. Lovely photo anyway and good to get so close and thanks for sharing too.

6 Nov, 2012

 

I have mentioned on here somewhere before, but I too belong in the 'lucky enough to see a cuckoo club'. One flew into our garden a few years ago with a wood pecker. He sat on the fence while the woodpecker pecked at a tree trunk. I was so excited and couldn't understand why they travelled together ....doh....took me ages to work out that he had been raised by Mrs Woodpecker:-))

6 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

That's very true Linda it's something I try not to think of too much Our son decided to go vegetarian many years ago when he was a student ,it didn't last very long it was the smell of Bacon that got the better of him :o)
Wow that must have been exciting Bg .. I would have been excited to see one or the other but both at the same time is amazing , I'm not surprised it took you some time to work that out you would never expect a Woodpecker to be playing mum to a Cuckoo Lol .......

6 Nov, 2012

 

Ba , what a wonderful thing to see !
I probably belong to that club too , we saw a cuckoo one year on a common near us , 29th April ; it was perched and I think that it had just arrived . Later that year we saw a pair flying , an odd flapping sort of flight , quite short tails .
Didn't hear one this year !

6 Nov, 2012

 

We heard cuckoos for the first time in ages when Gerry and I went to scotland at Loch Long. It was lovely to hear them as they went through the trees.

7 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Yes you definitely belong to the Cuckoo club Julia , a pair is a life long membership :o)) I didn't hear one this year either ! That's a lovely memory Linda and a beautiful spot to hear them in :-)

7 Nov, 2012

 

I'm a bit cuckoo anyway , I think !

7 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

You took the words right out of my OH's mouth Julia he thinks we are all cuckoo LOL ...

7 Nov, 2012

 

:-)))

9 Nov, 2012

 

What a great set of pictures Amy, so pleased Tony managed to set it free, such magnificent birds, even though they prey on other birds and small mamals I still love them, its only nature even though it apears cruel at times, we need to look at the human race and our diets!

15 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

We haven't seen it lately Carole, it comes and goes in it's own time ,it was a special moment . :o)

15 Nov, 2012

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