Sunday, November 20, 2011

Small and sharp

I spent all day ringing at Castor Hanglands near Peterborough. We caught some nice birds - Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, a lot of retrap Long-tailed Tits (some a couple of years old), and this Sparrowhawk.
Before ringing a Sparrowhawk, you need to know for sure whether it's male or female. Males are much smaller and take a smaller ring than females. So you measure the wing and its leg...
This is a male. Mind those talons!
The feet are ready to grab you at all times...
Sparrowhawk feet
The pointy end! Don't worry about the hooked beak, worry about these
Sparrowhawk + ringer
Happy ringer (see how small the bird is)
Castor Hanglands
The fog never really lifted all day...

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D


  1. Thanks for those excellent photos giving views which most of us are never likely to see for ourselves. I really liked the one of the "pointy end"; I'd never realised just how fine the talons were.