I'm very under the weather at present. My circadian rhythms have been well and truely knocked out of kilter by those recent night shifts, so I'm at home, doing a few jobs and mainly resting.
I was gazing out of the window a minute ago, when I noticed a bird of prey spiral relatively low over the rec behind our house. It was behaving like a Sparrowhawk, but it was only when the 3 dozen or so pigeons all leaped into the air a few seconds later, I realised what it was.
Its very impresive that the pigeons can tell the difference between a real threat (what THIS was) and something that isn't (a Sparrowhawk).
One of our Peregrines. Drifting lazily towards one of its hunting reservoirs, a few miles west of us.
By the look of it, this one was big enough to be a Falcon (female) and in good nick (nice and plump) by the look of it...
Managed one shot, and one shot only.
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