Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 13 May 2013

Sparrowhawk at lunch

Sparrowhawk (female) Watton, Norfolk 13/05/13.  Enjoying a Collared Dove lunch.
I was just getting ready for work when I saw this female Sparrowhawk at her regular 'plucking post' in my garden.  On this occasion she caught a Collared Dove and enjoyed a full lunch from this kill.  Once finished, I inspected the carcass remains and all that was left was the breast-bone, wing-bones, legs, and a small meaty area on the mantle, otherwise, the head had been torn off and all other meaty areas and internal organs were consumed by the raptor.

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