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Old 20-03-2017, 15:32
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Managed to get this photo of a male sparrow hawk in the garden this morning,he's a bit of a nuisance with the small birds in the garden,but it's nature I suppose, he's a good looking bird, now he's in breeding plumage.

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Yes, they are a beautiful bird and we have two of them visit our garden, although I haven't seen them for a while. This will change once the small birds start gathering in numbers.
Very clever bird as well with infinite patience as it waits for a bird to break cover. They just seem to settle down for the wait, but I have seen them fly around and around a particular bush flapping its wings against the undergrowth until a small bird decides it has had enough. Big mistake!
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Very handsome bird and a great shot.
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Lovely picture keith.
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Good spot! I'm not sure if it's me becoming more observant but around Nottinghamshire I have notices a lot more activity from birds of pray. I'm particular buzzards are always circling overhead.


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Managed to get this photo of a male sparrow hawk in the garden this morning,he's a bit of a nuisance with the small birds in the garden,but it's nature I suppose, he's a good looking bird, now he's in breeding plumage.

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Just a question,why can't I see this post, when I look in the photo gallery,it doesn't seem to be there,it just shows up as the latest post, but not in gallery section, thanks
Nice pic Seth

Incidentally mate male sparrowhawks don't actually change into breeding plumage, they tend to keep the same plumage throughout the course of the year, the only time when they'll renew there plumage is when they go through their annual moult which is normally late summer

They don't need to have breeding plumage as the hens are a lot more of a plain colouration and are easily sexable throughout the year,

This being involved within the bird fancy is what we call Diamorphic,
Any birds that are very hard to sex and both look identical within the genetical features are what we call Monomorphic

( I'm a champion British bird, mule and hybrid breeder, exhibititor and judge ) but have now stepped down from the show scene after 30 years and now just keep a small collection for me own pleasure and interest
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Thank you for your kind comments on the photo, I have been trying to get a photo of these for a year or two now, I missed my chance with the female yesterday, she had flown by the time I had got my camera, will keep trying though,and if I manage it, I will put it on here.
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Great photo of a spectacular bird. I have had similar close encounters in the garden but never had a camera . I love birds of prey.

Stuart you are a man of many talents!!
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Great photo of a spectacular bird. I have had similar close encounters in the garden but never had a camera . I love birds of prey.

Stuart you are a man of many talents!!
Other than me family Mike, me fishing and bird keeping to a high std is a way of life to me
I've never known any different and have done both since the age of about 10,

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We used to fly them on blackbirds lol....seriously we did. Flew 'em on partridges, pigeons and doves. They where just like mini Goshawks and would fly straight into cover without fear of injury.
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