How sparrowhawks catch garden birds – Life in the Air: Episode 2 Preview – BBC One

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  1. Now this is a video. I'm amazed all this footage was caught so perfectly.
    There must be cameras set up everywhere.
    The only thing missing is the prey.

  2. Last week I was privileged to see this happen in my garden. A Sparrow Hawk caught a Nuthatch that was feeding on our hanging nuts. It was blazingly fast, puff of feathers and all over.

  3. Great video. Only one problem, this isnt a Sparrow Hawk. It is a Coopers Hawk. They are bigger and have banded tails. Google Sparrow Hawk vs Coopers Hawk. I am a wildlife and nature photographer and I find lots of mistakes in articles like this one. The people dont do any fa t finding before they write articles. It really is simple. All you have to do is Google something if you arent sure about it. In my case I just know these things because I photograph them for a living. I think many times these are Chinesr and they just put anything on these things to hold your attention long enough for you to buy something from their commercials. No e photography tho.

  4. One used to come and sit on our hedge ,while all the sparrows hid inside .You could see little heads popping out to see if it was all clear .

  5. Wow,they realy blended that bird in perfectly,it almost looks as iff he's realy flying in that garden,cant even tell witch is CGI…for instance,are you gonne tel me a drone with a camera flew in front of it at 1:00 ? and ofcourse all these cameras were perfectly positioned on this bird's path as the cameraman knew upfront where on whitch day of the year on witch hight that bird would be passing by… common people,dont be so gullable 😀

  6. That is wonderful and very informative. We currently have a sparrowhawk devouring everything it can in our garden. We often glance it approaching at speed through tiny gaps and around corners. This film is spot on. Well done.

  7. Not going through all these comments but… haven’t seen any yet confirming…. I’m seeing a brown, yellow eyed female sparrowhawk in most of the sections here?! It’s just I know that the BBC is doing more filming in controlled environments and blending wild images and recording (pushing the cutting edge of technology and possibilities as they do so.) To be ahead competition for networking or publishing these shows and high demand. Usually great though. Yours Aye.

  8. I think that's a female, the white eyebrows and lack of redish chest mark out the female from the male so the narration saying "he" is wrong. I only know because I had one in my garden today so used the rspb website to identify it as I was guessing or was a kestrel. Anyway, first class footage, super slow mo was awesome.

  9. Immediately after finishing my lunch this afternoon, I looked out of the kitchen window and saw a sparrowhawk eating its own lunch on our garden table. At least that's what I think it was, having compared my zoomed in iphone photos to pictures of various birds of prey found in the UK.

  10. That incredible footage looks like it took weeks to create.
    Also the sparrow hawk hugs the ground on approach, like a fighter jet does to stay beneath the radar.

  11. These flying demons are not only a nuisance but a threat to all the song birds both in the wild and in our gardens. There needs to be another petition for a nationwide cull.

  12. they have been nesting in my backyard for several years now. a few years ago i was having problems with squirrels eating my peas and one morning i say some fur and a few guts as all that remained of a squirrel in the back of my garden. i have not had any more problems out of the furry little critters since then even though there are plenty behind my house.

    i also saw one of these hawks carrying a squirrel just up the road one day. i am driving down the road and see this low flying hawk about hood high cross the road in front of me. in its clutches was a squirrel dangling from it claws.

  13. 0:10 little dude just had no chance…

    More than the physiology and biology involved in the sparrowhawk’s body, I’m more surprised by the video tech that was used to film this.

  14. Conflicted at the moment. Have one visiting my garden eating all my sparrows but I really don’t want to deter it as it’s only natural 🙁

  15. I filmed one of these in my garden today! It had caught a pigeon and was feasting. I wish I could share the footage with you all, the markings and strength of this birds legs were amazing.

  16. I’ve just seen one in Action for the first time in my life, in my front garden and I saw it in such great detail because I have a massive window and what a sight it was, I don’t know whether he got the sparrow or not because it happened so quickly but all I can say is it was an amazing thing to witness and I had to have a look on here and see if I could find anything and I thoroughly enjoyed watching this. Beautiful videography


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