Sparrow Hawk

Glancing out of the back room window at the heavy downpour that would have surprised any witnesses to the dappled sunshine preceding it, I caught a glimpse of a bird failing to find shelter on the fence under my neighbours oak.

A Noble pigeon

I’m sure you’ll forgive me for assuming it was one of our local pigeons who must be descended from a noble line of king pigeons or something as demonstrated by Ethelstan the third* pictured left.

*names have been changed

On second glance it was something slightly fiercer. It’s a shame she didn’t turn to face me completely because sparrow hawks have beautiful mottled breast pattern.

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