Neil Pont

Wildlife Photography

"My Blog has moved - click on this link"


Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Posted on 11 July, 2020 at 0:30

Yesterday evening (Thursday 9th July) a knock came on our door.  It was neighbour Tracy telling me that a Sparrowhawk was devouring its kill right outside their house! And so it was...

A magnificent female Sparrowhawk was making short work of a juvenile Woodpigeon.

I grabbed my camera and rushed out.  Unfortunately I had just been working on the previous blog (about my stroll around Rising Sun CP) and the memory cards were lying on my desk.  I snapped away merrily for about 10 minutes - then had that horrible sinking feeling.  I checked the camera - no cards in it!!  So, hot foot back into the house to grab a card - praying that the bird would still be there when I re-emerged. It was... (thankfully!)

I have uploaded just 12 of the 150 photographs elsewhere on the website (the album called Sparrowhawk July 2020) (sorry - no hyperlinks working...)

Tracy's son, Harry, was out there snapping away too.  He is a professional videographer and a very brief video made by him is on the home page of the site.

I wasn't totally sure of the victim but close examination of these photos by some of my gurus confirmed it was a juvenile Woodpigeon:

As David Noble-Rollin told me:

It's a young Woodpigeon. You can see the Sparrowhawk has broken the crop and there are peas and mealworms that the pigeon had just eaten. The ID is that the feet are pigeon type. The white on the edge of the wing is Woodpigeon only. The age is the colour of the feet (they start going red usually when the tailed and flight feathers are fully grown towards autumn) and the short tail which has the characteristic black band showing on the underside picture.



This was a fantastic encounter with a beautiful bird.  It just shows that you never know when you are going to come across events in the natural world which will fill you with awe. 

It is also a salutory lesson that you need to turn OFF the 'take pictures without memory card' instruction in your camera!!!

Categories: 2020, Birds

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply Lisacal
18:45 on 18 June, 2021 
prednisone 20mg online without prescription
Reply Pay Day Loan
18:05 on 18 June, 2021 
cash payday loans
Reply kyrie 7
16:54 on 18 June, 2021 
I have to express thanks to you just for bailing me out of this particular circumstance. Right after surfing throughout the internet and coming across concepts which are not beneficial, I was thinking my entire life was over. Living without the presence of approaches to the issues you've fixed through your entire website is a crucial case, as well as those that could have badly affected my career if I hadn't encountered your web blog. Your actual understanding and kindness in dealing with every item was crucial. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't come upon such a subject like this. It's possible to at this moment look forward to my future. Thanks so much for this professional and effective help. I won't hesitate to recommend your web blog to anyone who should receive guidance on this subject.
kyrie 7
Reply Amycal
14:34 on 18 June, 2021 
zoloft 12.5
Reply curry 8
5:45 on 18 June, 2021 
My spouse and i felt absolutely ecstatic that Edward managed to finish off his investigations out of the precious recommendations he got when using the web pages. It's not at all simplistic just to happen to be freely giving thoughts which usually people today could have been selling. We really recognize we've got the blog owner to appreciate for that. Those explanations you made, the straightforward web site menu, the friendships you give support to promote - it's got mostly impressive, and it is helping our son and the family consider that that content is thrilling, and that is exceptionally serious. Many thanks for the whole thing!
curry 8
Reply Payday
3:38 on 18 June, 2021 
personal loan interest rates
Reply Loans For Bad Credit
22:52 on 17 June, 2021 
payday loans lenders only payday 2 wiki
Reply moncler
18:00 on 17 June, 2021 
I precisely needed to thank you so much yet again. I'm not certain the things that I would've achieved without those points discussed by you concerning this subject matter. Certainly was a real fearsome dilemma in my view, however , considering a specialized way you treated the issue took me to cry over contentment. I'm just thankful for your work and as well , believe you realize what a powerful job you were getting into instructing many people through the use of a web site. I'm certain you haven't met any of us.
Reply jordan retro
17:59 on 17 June, 2021 
Thank you a lot for providing individuals with a very breathtaking opportunity to check tips from this website. It is usually very lovely and stuffed with a great time for me and my office co-workers to search your blog more than 3 times in one week to study the latest secrets you will have. And indeed, I'm certainly contented for the fabulous inspiring ideas served by you. Certain 3 ideas in this posting are indeed the very best we have all ever had.
jordan retro
Reply kyrie 6
17:59 on 17 June, 2021 
Thank you so much for providing individuals with a very special possiblity to read articles and blog posts from this site. It's always very nice and also packed with amusement for me personally and my office friends to search your blog on the least three times a week to learn the latest guidance you have got. And lastly, we are at all times impressed with your striking secrets you serve. Some 3 ideas on this page are particularly the most impressive I have had.
kyrie 6
Reply off white
17:59 on 17 June, 2021 
A lot of thanks for every one of your work on this blog. My mum really likes carrying out investigations and it's really easy to see why. Almost all know all regarding the lively mode you offer practical techniques via your website and in addition increase contribution from other individuals about this subject matter plus our daughter is in fact becoming educated a lot of things. Take advantage of the rest of the new year. You have been performing a really great job.
off white
Reply golden goose
17:57 on 17 June, 2021 
I am also writing to make you be aware of of the outstanding discovery my cousin's princess developed browsing your site. She came to understand a wide variety of things, which include what it is like to have a very effective giving style to let other individuals very easily grasp certain complicated topics. You undoubtedly surpassed readers' expectations. I appreciate you for giving such insightful, healthy, educational and also fun thoughts on your topic to Lizeth.
golden goose
Reply moncler jackets
17:57 on 17 June, 2021 
I really wanted to compose a message in order to thank you for all the magnificent concepts you are giving out at this website. My prolonged internet lookup has finally been rewarded with sensible concept to share with my contacts. I 'd admit that many of us readers are very much fortunate to dwell in a fantastic site with very many awesome professionals with helpful secrets. I feel really grateful to have encountered the website page and look forward to so many more amazing minutes reading here. Thanks a lot once more for everything.
moncler jackets
Reply Payday Loans Online
14:42 on 17 June, 2021 
payday loans no credit check
Reply Amycal
12:28 on 17 June, 2021 
how to buy viagra in usa
Reply Cash Advance
10:20 on 17 June, 2021 
payday loans no faxing
Reply Online Loans
7:35 on 17 June, 2021 
stafford loans poor credit loans
Reply Lisacal
1:16 on 17 June, 2021 
discount viagra pharmacy
Reply Best Payday Loan
20:48 on 16 June, 2021 
cash loans no credit
Reply bape
19:51 on 16 June, 2021 
Thanks for all of the efforts on this website. My niece really loves participating in investigation and it's obvious why. A number of us learn all regarding the powerful mode you give worthwhile tips and hints by means of your web blog and as well as recommend participation from some other people on this area of interest then my daughter is really starting to learn a whole lot. Take advantage of the rest of the year. You are always conducting a good job.