Sparrow Hawk (Accipiter nisus)

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    Yesterday after diner I saw a strange bird perched on my feeding place in the garden. After a second look I realised it was a male Sparrow Hawk! A big load of adrenaline (or called epinephrine) runned through my veins and I didn't know what to do. In the end I decided to go for it and crawled outside toward him. At last I was able to make this photo. The Hawk had only interest in the hedge where (I guess) a possible prey was hiding, and didn't take off.
    The lack of color is pure due to the lack of light and I thank god they have invented the VR system making this photo possible!
    D700 600VR iso2000 1/80sec F4 handhold only cropped on top and below for 3:4 format

    mari.. (mostly out), patries71, and 79 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. jcowboy 50 months ago | reply

      Gotta love that eye! Mighty powerful portrait!

    2. ken-- 50 months ago | reply

      Great capture!

    3. Marco de jager 50 months ago | reply

      Prachtige plaat van een snelle jager. zie hem in deze tijd ook veel in mijn tuin jagen, eerst een hoop paniek en dan...Compliment!!

    4. mattisj 50 months ago | reply

      Perfect portrait !

    5. Vicky-uk 50 months ago | reply

      amazing shot, he's beautiful

    6. Sigurjón Einarsson 50 months ago | reply

      I am starting to think that you are unable to take a bad photo!
      Beautiful image.

    7. DorsetBirder 50 months ago | reply

      Super shot - that must be one of the most dilated pupils I've ever seen.

    8. António Guerra 49 months ago | reply

      Fabulous capture!!!!

    9. Tobias Hayashi Photography 49 months ago | reply

      Very nice, look at that beedy eye!

    10. Jambo53 (on track) 48 months ago | reply

      Prachtige plaat en schitterende achtergrond.

    11. TacoTruck 47 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful.

    12. dbuk2 45 months ago | reply

      GREAT shot !!!

    13. birdtracker 44 months ago | reply

      Well deserved, great shot.

    14. 43 months ago | reply

      Great shot,lovely pose,detail,clarity,thanks for shareing!

    15. MiriamW77 37 months ago | reply

      wondeful image!

    16. rbclicks1 18 months ago | reply

      super shot.. wat gaaf zeg..

    17. Simon& Judy 18 months ago | reply

      really great shot i had same last year his pray was a starling great shot again thanx for sharing

    18. mesquakie8 18 months ago | reply

      Nicely captured with great effort on your part.

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