The sparrowhawk is the ultimate pocket-sized predator and watching it work its magic in slow motion is amazing.
We’re not the only ones in nature that like birdwatching. Meet the fast-flying, speed-eating predator known as the sparrowhawk.
These diminutive accipiters happen to have the same affinity for songbirds as those of us who put out seed and stand at the ready with a pair of binoculars.
The only difference being that this little air-acrobat likes them for lunch. Here’s a great look at how this bird of prey dips and dodges its way through the air to catch dinner.
These little carnivorous birds come in many varieties. Wikipedia describes some 21 different subspecies of sparrowhawk that live from Europe to Asia.
Whatever species you may see near your own home just remember that when you attract birds, you attract predators. If a sparrowhawk, Cooper ’s hawk, kestrel, or even a big red-tailed hawk tries to eat one it’s all a part of nature.
The only good thing is that they may try to tackle one of those marauding squirrels that have been eating all of your bird seed.