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Sparrowhawk Eating A Dove | by Dan Belton ( No Badger Cull )
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Sparrowhawk Eating A Dove

Thanks very much to my nextdoor neighbours Margaret and Harold who let me know there was a sparrowhawk in their garden. She was a bit upset about it but it's no different to a blue tit eating a caterpillar, just a bit more graphic ! It was so unafraid that we stood only about 4 or 5 metres away while chatting ! They thought it was a pigeon but I think it's a collared dove ? Photgraphing a sparrowhawk with prey has been pretty much top of my list of things I'd love to shoot. I totally object to people demonising birds with sharp beaks but looking at the pictures I couldn't help but think of the collared dove which during the winter was my constant companion while photographing the other birds in the garden. I'd seen three failed attacks on doves before so knew there would be a success sooner or later. Seen up close sparrowhawks are awesome birds, this one seemed pretty small, I'm not sure if it's a juvenile ?


Looking at the other pictures it definitely is a collared dove. PS The dove was still alive here and was for several minutes afterwards, not pleasant.....

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Taken on July 6, 2010