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By kinharviephoto, May 1 2016 11:07AM

I now have a hide set up on a plucking post and the sparrowhawk visiting our garden at the moment is using it reasonably regularly. In the image below you can see a couple of plucking areas and of course my hide in the background.

It's a very small canvas hide tucked in under a willow tree - not much room for the photographer. However the sparrowhawk has accepted it and as long as I am very careful about moving the camera he will continue to feed only a few feet in front of me. I feel very privileged to be allowed in to his world.

I have posted another image as April's 'Picture of the Month'.

By kinharviephoto, Dec 3 2015 01:05PM

Another break in the weather and I managed a couple of hours in my hide in the garden. The birds were feeding all the time except when the female sparrowhawk flew through. She must be very hungry visiting regularly but not catching anything whilst I was out. Perhaps it's one of this year's birds and not very experienced.

The woodpeckers were visiting frequently and finally one perched momentarily just where I wanted it. I managed one shot which I was pleased with in that I got a well processed image straight out of the camera but I wasn't happy that I was just a little tight in the frame leaving no space below its tail.

Finally a red squirrel made an appearance but chose to feed on the ground rather than my lovely perch!! It didn't stay long and I only got a couple of shots.

The rain is now back and the hide put away again!

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