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photoblog image Sparrowhawk with Collared Dove

Sparrowhawk with Collared Dove

I hid behind my line of washing to get this shot, but it was still distant and in the shade. I was appalled to find the hawk was eating the dove alive

Sparrowhawk with Collared Dove

I hid behind my line of washing to get this shot, but it was still distant and in the shade. I was appalled to find the hawk was eating the dove alive

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Nov 2018, 00:04
gobsmacked
Lisl: I don't get this sort of opportunity at home very often, Ray!
Well... that's awful... But a good shot..
(I'm afraid I can't watch nature shows anymore - while I know the circle of life requires casualties, I just feel for the prey...)
Lisl: Sorry to upset you this morning, Elizabeth
Pauvre colombe !
Lisl: Yes - it didn't stand a chance against this predator, Martine
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Nov 2018, 06:54
Excellent shot. Nature has no abattoir regulations. Eating alive happens in a number of hunter/prey events. Fortunately the shock effect kills the prey fast enough ... but yes, it could have been different.
Lisl: Thank you. This took a long time, Louis
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Nov 2018, 07:03
The police might be interested in this evidence Lisl.
Lisl: We don't seem to have any in this area, Chad!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Nov 2018, 07:33
Nature is cruel Lisl. Always was, always will be..
Lisl: That extends to us as the super-predator
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Nov 2018, 09:31
Oh, the dove looks being full of fear. You could not drive away the hawk making some noise?
Lisl: I know from experience that the hawk would have flown off with the dove, Philine - otherwise I would have done so
What cruelty! in animals as in humans the strongest eat the weakest
Lisl: I am afraid so, but animals do it for survival; humans have lots of dire reasons for doing it
What an amazing shot, these opportunities don't come along very often.
Lisl: This was the second time I have manged to get a shot like this in my garden. The first time, one of my pictures was accepted by the New Naturalist series, which chuffed me
Oh, how awful to witness but such is the nature of bird life. I often see hawks with voles scooped from the fields.
Lisl: It's all around, and this year I have witnessed quite amazing attacks by wasps on moths in the garden
What a fantastic sharp closeup capture you've presented here, Lisl. Could very well be one for a nature publication.
Lisl: Some years' ago I got a similar shot in the garden, and was lucky to have it accepted by the New Naturalist series of books
this is a rare and unusual shot, Lisl. i imagine this happens in nature more often.
Lisl: Sparrowhawks are such devious birds, and get up to all sorts of tricks to catch their prey. They seem to like these doves most, and I often come upon a heap of dove feathers in the garden or when I am out walking
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Nov 2018, 07:46
Oh dear! Hopefully the dove will meet a quick end. I wanted a sparrowhawk with a pigeon in Ambleside a few years ago; again not a good sight.
Lisl: It took too long for the dove, Alan 0- and me
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 7 Nov 2018, 09:19
Extraordinaire prise. J'aurais bien aimé la faire
JP
Lisl: It was an unusual photo opportunity for me, right here int he garden
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2018, 11:53
An excellent photograph. Poor dove!
Lisl: Thank you, Cherie. Yes poor dove/s. Usually I just find a pile of feathers in the garden

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