Friday, March 21, 2008

Now available: prints, cards, mousemats

It's far too windy, rainy and cold outside to be doing anything, so this afternoon I've taken the plunge into e-commerce. You can now buy prints (choice of three sizes), postcards (packs of 16) and greetings cards (packs of 8) and mousemats from my Photobox gallery.

I ordered some prints from Photobox a few weeks ago and I was impressed with the quality and speedy delivery. So, please get shopping! Feedback appreciated (leave a comment or send an e-mail), and let me know if you'd like to be able to order different images or products.

Thanks!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Sparrowhawk


A young male Sparrowhawk is a fairly regular visitor to our garden. It employs the strategy of making a raid on the bush where the small birds hang out when they're not at the feeder. That's typically unsuccessful, so the hawk then sits quietly in the bush, preens its ruffled feathers and plays cat and mouse.

Usually some small birds - Blue or Great Tits - get stuck in the bush with the hawk, too afraid to fly out in case it chases them. They either cower silently or make loud alarm calls to alert other birds to its presence.

Quite often, the Sparrowhawk seems to be oblivious to the birds' actions, as it is engrossed in preening, with one long leg tucked up against its chest. I'm not sure if it's just resting or merely pretending to be relaxed to lull the little birds into a false sense of security.

Occasionally, it can't resist scrambling around amongst the dense twigs, where it's surprisingly agile, but then Sparrowhawks have evolved over thousands of years for just this kind of behaviour.

Photos and a bit of video are here