and a reflective male Shoveler , making sure everything was in its place just out from the hide . I was hoping to get out today , but the weather put a stop to that idea from the start with drizzle and mist from daybreak and getting worse after lunch . So this morning I started sorting out this post , only to be called by Carol to what she thought originally to be a spill on the road , until it moved . I should add that Carol didn't have her glasses on . Anyway , I grabbed the camera and headed for the front bedroom to find a Sparrowhawk plucking a Collared Dove directly opposite . It was well in the road , about level with the offside of a parked car . I got a couple of shots through the window , then carefully open one . I got a few more shots before I heard a car approaching up the road , which must
have passed within 1/2 metres of the bird . After it passed , the bird surprisingly , was still there .
Shortly afterwards , it or another came down the road slowly and stopped alongside . It was only when the passenger got out that the Sprawk flew off with it's meal into a front garden , to be disturbed twice by passers by , before flying off again and out of sight . The light was appalling , but fortunately the F2.8 lens was on the camera and a few reasonable shots , in the conditions , were obtained . From what I can make out , it looks like a juvenile female , which probably explains how it nearly got run over . We heard youngsters calling for food from adults in the late Summer , from the local woods , so could well have been one of them .