Sparrowhawk killing Magpie
Magpie fights for its life with a Sparrowhawk
On 22nd March 2012
I witnessed an epic struggle as a Sparrowhawk fought and eventually
killed a Magpie. Alterted to the presence of the Sparrowhawk by the
alarm calls of various corvids I saw two birds thrashing around in the
mud. I crept up close to them and, hidden by a dry-stone wall I
documented this epic struggle.
These two mud-wrestling birds slogged it out for over twently minutes,
anabling me to field a call from work whislt it was going on. The
Sparrowhawk actually started eating the hapless Magpie whilst it was
still alive. The images on this page are given in chronological order.