OK, so now he’s posed nicely for me, I’m going to see what I can do to deter this guy from gate-crashing my Bailey’s Birdie’s Bistro and helping himself to the guests! :o( Yesterday Hannibal here ambushed a Great Tit which he left in this tree and then sat here and had the nerve to look like butter wouldn’t melt! After I went outdoors to give him his marching orders, he returned an hour later to collect his supper. I’d never seen our collared doves move so fast as when Hannibal flew in! Being the male, Hannibal is likely to prefer smaller birds – the female, who is around twice his size, will happily snatch doves and pigeons! Hannibal is only about 12 inches tall but just look at those long claws! I know this guy has got to eat, but how can I encourage the song birdies into my garden without doing my best to ensure their safety whilst dining?
Male Eurasian Sparrowhawk (accipiter nisus)
Canon EOS 50D with Canon EF 400mm L f/5.6
p.s. anyone have any good Sparrowhawk recipes?