Just for our 'friends' at Photogrind, this post has been stolen from http://wildlifeacrossthewater.blogspot.com/2010/03/another-new-garden-visitor.html without our permission, so pop across to our blog and see the real thing.
Anyway, regular readers, after I shared the juvenile female Sparrowhawk image here with you a couple of weeks back, I chopped down all the offending clutter on the plum tree, most of which is now dead in case she came back.
Well I haven't seen her since, but the male came in.
Clearly a mature bird from the colour of the eyes. In Accipiters, Sparrowhawks or Goshawks, the eye colouring can be a clue to the age of the bird. The younger they are the more yellow they are and the older the bird the deeper orange they are. I have never seen this written down in a book but was reliably informed by a falconer of this some years back
Anyway, here are a few images for you to enjoy. Sadly, I could do with the leylandii hedge moving back about fifteen feet, but I am stuck with what I have.
As you will see the colours are completely different on the back and also with the chestnut flank, and if you followed my thread on megapixels and cropping, I could also easily tell he is also much smaller
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