One of a series of shots taken as I was taking the dog for her evening stroll in my home village of Backbarrow in the English Lake District As I crossed the bridge over the river Leven,I heard the grey wagtails making a fuss below me..As I watched,I saw the cause of their concern..a male sparrowhawk was watching them keenly to see where they were then flew in an out of different spots in the ivy on the wall where they had their nest. I’d never seen this behaviour before. Happily for the wagtails,it wasn’t successful and after flying backwards and forwards across the river finally gave up.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR tamron 70-300 zoom at 300mm

The Eurasian (or Northern) Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Adult male Eurasian Sparrowhawks have bluish grey upperparts and orange-barred underparts; females and juveniles are brown above with brown barring below. The female is up to 25% larger than the male – one of the largest differences between the sexes in any bird species. Though it is a predator which specialises in catching woodland birds, the Eurasian Sparrowhawk can be found in any habitat and often hunts garden birds in towns and cities. Males tend to take smaller birds, including tits, finches, and sparrows; females catch primarily thrushes and starlings, but are capable of killing birds weighing 500 grams (18 oz) or more. Source Wikipedia


sparrowhawk, lake district, cumbria, raptor, river leven

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 2 years ago

    Neat take, pity you have not got a longer reach.

  • I always think it’s a pity they don’t come

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Jamie, we fly home later today, its been wonderful here and would recommend to all, but can’t wait to see Charlie LOL,
    hugs Ann

  • Thanks Ann,have a safe trip..I bet Charlie can’t wait to see you

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Debbie Ashe
    Debbie Asheabout 2 years ago

    Like this one :)

  • Cheers Blondie

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • JPassmore
    JPassmorealmost 2 years ago

    fantastic shot

  • Cheers John

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent capture mate.

  • Ta Gary

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

    Well caught Jamie !

  • Thanks Roy

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...almost 2 years ago

    Great series of shots of this handsome bird well caught!! Great info!!

  • Thanks Franco..I think I’ll try a crop next to see if I can get a better view

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillalmost 2 years ago

    I know where there are plenty of starlings if he is hungry….
    >blows kisses<


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