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The Hunter and her Prey

Just got back from the Photography Show to catch this hawk take out a pigeon in flight. Very impressive flying! I managed to get my camera in time to take a shot before he finished his meal.

E-M1ii and 40-150. Shot through double glazing and heavily cropped. I'm amazed it's as sharp as it is.


The Hunter and his Prey by Paul Kaye, on Flickr
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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

Wow, a juicy photo Paul, nice to see you all today.....
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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

Probably a female, Paul.

They are up to 25% bigger than the male and will take larger prey like the pigeon. Males will take prey up to thrush size.

Nicely captured, by the way.

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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

A bit gory but that's life! A great capture of a magnificent bird.
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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

We have two (maybe three) who live very close and they certainly keep the pidgeon population under control.
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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

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Probably a female, Paul.

They are up to 25% bigger than the male and will take larger prey like the pigeon. Males will take prey up to thrush size.

Nicely captured, by the way.

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Thanks for the education Keith. I've updated the title on Flickr to "The Hunter and HER Prey"!
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Probably a female, Paul.

They are up to 25% bigger than the male and will take larger prey like the pigeon. Males will take prey up to thrush size.

Nicely captured, by the way.

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Keith, is it a Sparrowhawk, or Peregrine falcon??. It looks like the former to me, but did not thing they would take a pigeon???
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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

Sparrowhawk. a peregrine would be exceptional (and catches its prey in the air).

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wi...whawk/hunting/
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Beat me to it, Rob.
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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

Great shot lucky you.

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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

Superb shot Paul.
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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

That is a very clear shot Paul, especially as it was taken through double glazing. I had two Wood Pigeons killed by Sparrow Hawks in my garden recently (both while I was out.) The garden was completely covered with feathers and it took weeks before they finally blew away. The hawk must have sat there undisturbed until the pigeon was completely plucked.

Last year a Sparrow Hawk caught a Starling and proceeded to pluck and eat it alive right in front of the dining room window. It took about fifteen minutes before the Starling finally succumbed. Quite put me off my lunch.

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Re: The Hunter and his Prey

Bl**dy hell! OK, it's just the torn apart bird then.

Nicely captured Paul.

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Thanks for the education Keith. I've updated the title on Flickr to "The Hunter and HER Prey"!
Excellent picture and I have done you the service of the same update here
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