Simply stunning, stunned (?) Sparrowhawk


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A female, I believe, and one that might have been recovering from an accidental blow to the head incurred whilst hunting. Can't imagine why she would have been so tolerant of my presence otherwise.

Photographed at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Clattinger Farm Reserve in the Cotswold Water Park.

Handheld Pentax K-3iii with Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF]; 1/30s at f/4.0 and ISO 3200.
02/06/2022 - 20:28prsjnb
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/30
Aperturef/4.0
ISO3200
Focal Length200mm
Views/Likes51/8

PRYorkshire

Link Posted 02/06/2022 - 21:43
A stunning image with spot on focussing, enhanced by the out of focus foreground and background.
Paul

K1000, Espio 140, ist, istD, K70, K3iii and numerous lenses, just don't tell my wife.

tomkeet

Link Posted 02/06/2022 - 21:49
Excellent.
Regards
Tom

K-3iii's.
SMC PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED [IF], SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:2.8 16-50mm ED AL [IF] SDM,
SMC PENTAX-DA 1:4 15mm ED AL Limited, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:3.2 21mm AL Limited,
SMC PENTAX-F 1:2.8 28mm, SMC PENTAX-FA 1:2 35mm AL,
SMC PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:2.4 70mm Limited,
SMC PENTAX-D FA MACRO 1:2.8 100mm WR, SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:4 300mm ED [IF] SDM,
HD PENTAX-DA 1:5.6 560mm ED AW,
HD PENTAX -DA 1.4x AW AF REAR CONVERTER,
PENTAX AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash.

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 02/06/2022 - 23:43
Great result from a fantastic (if unfortunate) opportunity. Well done.
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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prsjnb

Link Posted 03/06/2022 - 10:39
davidwozhere wrote:
Great result from a fantastic (if unfortunate) opportunity.

I watched her for some time and saw no evidence of any external injury that might prevent her taking flight. She had, however, ended up in a 'tunnel' at the base of a dense ancient hedgerow and perhaps just needed a little time to extricate herself. Did consider trying to rescue her, but decided that any attempt would be likely to do more harm than good; to both of us! In the end I did the next best thing and notified the local wildlife rescue group of her location and predicament.

Hope she made it to fly another day 🤞🏻
Last Edited by prsjnb on 03/06/2022 - 10:40

go4IT

Link Posted 03/06/2022 - 15:52
PRYorkshire wrote:
A stunning image with spot on focussing, enhanced by the out of focus foreground and background.

Agree heartily. Like.

loadoftripe

Link Posted 03/06/2022 - 16:03
Cracking shot - liked.

leep

Link Posted 03/06/2022 - 17:05
Amazing striking eyes! Great shot.

Flan

Link Posted 04/06/2022 - 00:03
Agree with all, stunningly crystal clear where it matters

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 04/06/2022 - 11:02
First Class image...well taken.

Karlo
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