Sparrow hawk Vs pigeon

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    Sparrow hawk came out of nowhere and pounced on this feral pigeon.

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    Beautiful series of the hawk mantelling on the pigeon. My favorite is #1
     
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    Pigeon never had a chance, one less turd on a windshield +1 for the hawk!
     
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    Great grab! I woulda like to have seen you get as low as possible. But just great capture.
     
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    I dont think that is a Sparrow Hawk, but the one i refer to as a sparrow hawk is the Kestrel. I could be wrong though.

    Looks like some type of Gosh Hawk
     
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    look up eurasian sparrow hawk. goshawk seems too big for whats here. This dude is hardly bigger than the pigeon. AWESOME series by the way. 1,3,4 and 7 are my choices. 7 may be my favorite, but it's hard to say.
     
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    wow guess you were in the right place at the right time for those shots.
     
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    Yes it is a sparrowhawk, you guys in the states don't have the sparrowhawk accipiter nisus but it is a real species here. We have kestrels which you mistakenly call "Sparrow hawks" just to add confusion :lol:

    I am extremely knowledgeable about the bird species of the US ( I practically live there) and also the birds of Scotland, England etc. I used to do falconry also but yes that is a female sparrowhawk, one of the most common birds of prey in Scotland a long with the kestrel, buzzard and peregrine falcon.

    You don't get sparrowhawks in North America.

    The RSPB: Sparrowhawk

    P.S there is no such thing as a gosh hawk, its "goshawk" they are also a common bird here. Yeah it looks slightly similar but very different in many respect.


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    It's sad that the end of one life is the feed for the other but true and beautiful.
     

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