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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, Apr 6 2016 01:28PM
I started to get some shots of it flying in as I learnt to predict its flight path. Most were either not sharp or I didn't manage to get the whole bird in the frame. Slowly however I started to have more success.
This image shows the bird approaching the feeders but too slow - all the small birds have scattered.
We did get a brief fall of snow and although I failed to get anything dramatic I did manage a simple portrait shot.
The final shot in this blog is a composite made in photoshop. It shows a single burst of shots takien at about 11 frames per second as the sparrowhawk came flying through the feeder.
I did manage to get some shots of it chasing its prey and finally one shot of it capturing a coal tit. However that image has gone off to a competition so I won't be posting it here until after the judging has finished!
By kinharviephoto, Apr 6 2016 01:14PM
During the time I was photographing the squirrels I realised that an immature sparrowhawk was visiting the garden on a regular basis. It was trying to catch the small birds frequenting my feeders. It wasn't all that successful to begin with so was returning almost evfery 30 minutes. Consequently I turned my attention to trying to photograph it in flight and - hopefully catching something.
Some success but facing the wrong way!