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Female Sparrowhawk

Tue 26 Jun 2018, 10:19 am

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cooling off
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thanks for looking

Re: Female Sparrowhawk

Tue 26 Jun 2018, 12:15 pm

One of my favourite raptors, although pretty much love all raptors :smile:

Fabulous photos. Occasionally get a Sparrowhawk land on our fence, but never sticks around long enough for a photo, well jel :clap:

Re: Female Sparrowhawk

Tue 26 Jun 2018, 3:29 pm

Envious of the views and pics!

There's quite a lot of rufous on the face and the flank barring. How certain are you of the female status?

Re: Female Sparrowhawk

Tue 26 Jun 2018, 3:59 pm

FarnboroJohn wrote:Envious of the views and pics!

There's quite a lot of rufous on the face and the flank barring. How certain are you of the female status?


Thanks,definitely female , the male visited several times with food but I couldn't get a decent pic :sad:

Re: Female Sparrowhawk

Tue 26 Jun 2018, 5:02 pm

aceyone wrote:
FarnboroJohn wrote:Envious of the views and pics!

There's quite a lot of rufous on the face and the flank barring. How certain are you of the female status?


Thanks,definitely female , the male visited several times with food but I couldn't get a decent pic :sad:


They are very quick. I suspect they are a bit nervous of their mates, which after all are comfortably large enough to predate them - and have been known to, though not within a stable relationship. :grin:

Interesting plumage. I shall have to be a bit more reticent about sexing Sparrowhawks on that feature.

Re: Female Sparrowhawk

Wed 27 Jun 2018, 1:49 pm

Saw one perched on the feeding station a few days ago. Needless to say, all the garden birds were nowhere to be seen for quite some time after she flew off.

Re: Female Sparrowhawk

Wed 27 Jun 2018, 2:01 pm

FarnboroJohn wrote:
aceyone wrote:
FarnboroJohn wrote:Envious of the views and pics!

There's quite a lot of rufous on the face and the flank barring. How certain are you of the female status?


Thanks,definitely female , the male visited several times with food but I couldn't get a decent pic :sad:


They are very quick. I suspect they are a bit nervous of their mates, which after all are comfortably large enough to predate them - and have been known to, though not within a stable relationship. :grin:

Interesting plumage. I shall have to be a bit more reticent about sexing Sparrowhawks on that feature.


I was a bit confused myself, here the slightly smaller male is on the right

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and if that doesn't convince you then :butt: :grin:

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that should :lol:
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