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Another amazing Sparrowhawk encounter...!!

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by David M, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. David M

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    Hi All,

    Following on from my 2 hour experience watching a Sparrowhawk devoir one of my shot woodies earlier in the year (which not everyone was convinced I was telling the truth...:rolleyes:), on Monday I had probably the best encounter going and one that will possibly never be repeated..

    My elderly Father called me and said a Sparrowhawk had flown into his conservatory through the open patio door and was sitting on the window sill quite calm and relaxed...:eek: I grabbed the camera and camcorder and went straight up there. Sure enough, the wild raptor was well at home and not flapping about at all. Apparently it had been sitting on the back of a chair and on top of his LCD tele just before I arrived. I snapped away and got some video footage before my Dad held out his walking stick and it hopped from the sill onto it like a budgie..! A few more pictures later, I opened the door fully and it took it's time but flew out onto his nearby garage roof for 10 seconds or so, then took off through a gap in some nearby trees. I'd seen a Sparrowhawk terrorizing the local birds and whizzing through his garden frequently this past 3-4 years and I wonder if that was it, probably.

    Another recent experience I'll not forget in a hurry (2 weeks ago I bumped into the world's strongest man - 6' 8" Columbian Brian Shaw in our local shopping centre along with our contender Terry Hollands..!).......:up:
     
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    Great pictures David, looks like your dad has made a new friend. :up:
     
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    He was pretty wary of doing that mate I can tell you, the lady who was visiting him had fled into the kitchen and shut the door..!!..:D
     
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    Great pictures mate, your dad looks well pleased.
     
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    Amazing pics , the ones round here are far from tame , :(
     
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    Would love to train one to carry away next doors screaming kids! :D
     
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    I was expecting to find a trembling, terrified, panicking bird thrashing about bashing into everything and smashing all his plants (like if a starling gets into his greenhouse), but it was as calm as could be. A bit overheated with it's mouth open a lot of the time but not even a feather out of place. It's eye's were amazing.
     
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    Stunning ! An encounter neither of you will forget in a hurry ! Great pics by the way :up:
     
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    That is fantastic ,excellent images. We had a s h take a pigeon out the sky and drop it in our garden before he killed it and carried it off , I tried to take image on my mobile but it wasn't very clear .glad your camera was near.
     
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    Excellent stuff... I was over the local ponds a couple of seasons ago when a juvenile launched off of a tree opposite me; if I hadn't of ducked sharpish he he'd 'ave hit me right in the forehead!:eek:

    Awesome birds always a pleasure to see even at a distance.:)
     
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    What an amazing experience. Good photo's too.
    Lee.
     
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    We visited Eagle Heights at Eynsford Kent a few years ago where they fly all their birds throughout the day for the crowd, from Kestrels to a giant Condor. One of the handlers has lost all of his front teeth where one of the two Peregrine Falcons he was demonstrating once rammed straight into his face on a fly-by..!! A good place to visit if you're ever in Kent...:up:

    http://www.eagleheights.co.uk/
     
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    What a beautiful bird!
     
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    I slope soar model gliders and at one site near Detling, Sparrowhawks can be seen hovering like Kestrels along the fence line practically every time I go. They flap their wings slower than Kestrels and have a larger span. Buzzards and crows are very inquisitive and will often fly near to our models for an appreciable time...:up:
     
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    You would almost think it was a tame bird and had a handler if it had not been for the absence of the leg ring.

    Amazing encounter!

    I found a Kestrel chick when I was a kid that must have fallen or fledged from it's nest too early, took it to the RSPCA just a few hundred yards away but never found out what happened to it after enquiring later on. :(
     
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    You could have been a real life 'Kes' Steve, should have brought it up yourself mate...:)

    I've just read Tuesday's Express and oddly I read an article where a woman in Poole was sitting in her living room and a 4 foot span young eagle came flying in through the patio door and landed on her cabinet..!! It was being flown by a handler when a loud noise frightened it and it flew off. That one was 18" high though so maybe my Dad's pidley wild Sparrowhawk wouldn't make the papers.. I thought it may have been a tame one the way it was so calm, maybe I missed a chance to see if it would have eaten a bit of cold sausage or something.
     
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    a guy at work is an experienced falconer, i think i mentioned last year he had two buzzards that someone had shot in the wings to look after by the rspca, he said he has had a "spars" one was a fledgling that they allowed him an A10 for as it became imprinted, he used to bring it to work to clear the pigeons out way before ii started.
     
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    I wonder how long they clear an area for..? I heard they use one at Wimbledon during the championships. A mate of mine used to own a few raptors and had electronic tracking devices strapped to their back. It was nothing for one to end up across the Thames and he had to drive through the tunnel to Essex to retrieve it. There's plenty of birds of prey flying through the farm I shoot but you'll always find Feral pigeons and Jackdaws not far away.
     
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    Pics, or it didn't happen!!! ...Oh wait, it did happen!

    Very nice photographs indeed.
     
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    Slight typo there.. I meant to say the world's strongest man from Colorado, not Columbia....:eek:
     

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