Now, some of my 'students' are beginning to take photos of birds outside of the classes. This particular extra-curricular activity consists of photographs of just one individual bird - a male Sparrowhawk on sentry duty. As you can see his eyes are never at rest, glancing to the right, the left, and straight-ahead before he takes off on a hunting foray. Will he visit again in the spring when he will have a more photogenic background to set off his colourful flanks.
All photos (c) 2017 Jane Robinson
On the hunt
Meanwhile, our visitor who enjoyed baths in the late spring, summer and early autumn has failed to reappear. Fingers-crossed he returns in the spring. They certainly are smart birds.
Here's ours, just for memories sake: