A male Sparrowhawk brought down a Wood Pigeon in the garden last week and proceeded to rip it apart.
Not a pretty sight, maybe, but a remarkable one given that the pigeon was larger than its attacker!
(Images can be enlarged by clicking on them)
Like all great survivors in the natural world they are opportunists.
Bird feeders attract their lunch and these amazingly agile birds take advantage.
Once content with a Tit, Finch or Blackbird it would seem Wood pigeons are becoming increasingly preyed on.
And judging by how fat some pigeons have become living the good life they are probably far easier to catch than nippy small birds.
What additional effort it takes the Sparrowhawk to hold down a Wood Pigeon is probably more than compensated for by the amount of food it provides.
The images shown are of a Sparrowhawk feeding on a Wood Pigeon brought down in the garden of our previous house.