Friday, 25 November 2011

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

I had my lens trained on a Long-tailed Tit for the last few shots of today when this Sparrowhawk attempted to take a Blue Tit on a neighbouring branch. It missed, but obligingly stayed for a few seconds, no doubt cursing its luck. The light was failing badly, so the image is no keeper, but it's still a handsome bird of prey and I feel privileged to have witnessed it hunting at close quarters.

Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm L IS USM lens, 1/160th sec, f/5.6, 400mm at ISO 500


  1. It's a beautiful creature, what piece of luck you had there.

  2. Its an opportunity that doesn't present itself very often and you took a great shot Tim.

  3. I'm still waiting for that moment in the garden Tim, although the male and female whizz through my garden on a regular basis - too fast! Good shot, what a bird.