One morning this week when I let the dogs out for their morning mooch in the garden, they went unusually ballistic. And as any dog owner will know, there are certain barks you take notice of. So out I went to see what all the fuss was about, only to find them dancing nervously around something in the grass.
It was still dark and I couldn’t quite make out exactly what it was, so I called in the dogs and went out to investigate. Much to my surprise, it was what I believe to be a beautiful sparrowhawk, obviously with a damaged wing, but still very feisty. I am no expert and had no idea really what to do, so when the bird half flew and half hopped away down the garden there was only one thing to do…
A Photo Opportunity I’d Have Been Daft To Miss
Not wanting to miss a photo opportunity, I dashed inside to grab my camera with new lens attached. I kept my distance and took a couple of photos before it bounced away again. I didn’t want to scare it next door where I know it wouldn’t survive the dogs, so I went back inside. Our dogs are dozy, next doors aren’t.
After a bit, I heard the birds around the back of the house making a hell of a racket. Chirping loudly, giving off the warning that trouble was close by. Grabbing my camera again, I shot around the back to find the sparrowhawk perched on some wooden pallets. I managed to take a few more photos before it half flew next door and disappeared.
Photo opportunities like that don’t come around often, and I have found it hard to choose one photo to share, so have decided to share three. I hope you like them.
My Sunday Photos
This sparrowhawk probably damaged it’s wing chasing small birds through our orange trees.
I can’t imagine I will get another photo opportunity like this again. And in a way, I don’t want one.
A most beautiful bird.
The bird eventually disappeared over the fence. Maybe it did manage to make it back to where it came from, I do hope so.
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