It was time for another trip to Ian Howells' hide in South Wales. I was hoping for more photos of the juvenile Goshawk, in better weather than last time! But unfortunately it hadn't been seen for about a week when I visited.
However the male Sparrowhawk had finished its moult and was looking very smart in the superb light. It was sunny more or less all day. Unprecedented at this site, in my experience! There were also some other attractions which included some momentary Buzzard visits around dawn, as well as woodland birds including very active Jays and a Great-spotted Woodpecker.
All in all another great day out at this hide!
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|About to depart! © Stephen Burch
|On the post © Stephen Burch
|On the end of the branch - again sideways on © Stephen Burch
|Very close! © Stephen Burch
|The stare! © Stephen Burch
|One of the very active Jays early on © Stephen Burch
|Great-spotted Woodpecker very close in full sun © Stephen Burch