Jonathan Smithies
Wildlife Photography

Sparrowhawk in the back garden

Raptors

This photograph proves that I don’t need to leave the house to photograph great wildlife. This Sparrowhawk caught and plucked featherless one of the dozens of sparrows that live in the back garden, while I stood rattling off shots at 16 frames per second no more than 5-6 metres away.

Location
Bristol, United Kingdom

Settings
Shutter speed 1/1600
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 2000
Focal length 700mm

Lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4x III Extender

Camera
Canon 1DX III