and I wonder why?
To my non-expert eye, this looks like a female. However, the other day I had a visit and posted some pics of the sprawk with a baby sparrow pinned down and was told he was a second year male. Could this be the same bird, or is it a female?
They are brilliant pictures, well done you, going by the eye and brownish feathering, I would say this year youngster, I would also go with female by the length of primaries and tail, but not easy from a picture with very little guide reference, also the feet are not in full view, but what the... I would be very pleased to have seen that let alone take some cracking pictures.
Stunning photos, Linda. I would have said a female but these non mature Sprawks can trip you up.
What about posting a side by side view of this one and the one you had earlier for comparison. Now there's a challenge for you. LOL
Whatever it is its a beauty.
Beautiful photos Sparrow
Thanks chaps for your kind comments.
I will always rise to a challenge, but you will have to click to enlarge. Is it the same bird?
EDIT forgot to say the one on the right is cropped to avoid showing his prey.
The one on the right looks a bit older, the eyes are more yellow. than the grey/green of the left hand bird, but female.
Thank you Skipper. The one on the right was identified by two different people as being a second year male, about 15 months old. .
Post it in the Flickr group Sparrow, Colinbrad is an expert he will ID it for you.
Yes, I will Doggie. That's where I got final confirmation the one on the right is a 15 month old male - from Dave Culley who has spent 7 years living with sparrowhawks.
I would also go with second year, and as already said it is difficult with certainty when not in hand or in full plumage, and I will bow to it been a male, still a lovely bird.
Lovely pictures, can't help with age or sex but basically just jealous(-:)
Dave is the man, he has been so dedicated to finding out all about sparrowhawks. you need go no further sparrow, what he does , not know is not worth knowing.
Wow Sparrow, beautiful shots.
Great shots, Linda. I didn't realise they could twist their necks round as far as the one in picture 5. :)
Wow Linda, superb photos.