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A new era dawns

A new era dawns. Today marked my first visit to Goldcliff Lagoons since the sad death of  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. She was a great and very respected monarch throughout the world.  Her passing marked the end of the modern Elizabethan era and the dawn of a new one. King Charles III has now ascended to the throne - "God save the King". The new era will be called the Carolean age under King Charles III. I thought his first speech was very touching and I believe he will be a great King like his mother. We also now have a new Prince of Wales with Prince William taking on his father's previous titles.  Every time I now take picture of the second Severn crossing - namely the Prince of Wales bridge there will be a different face that now pops up in my head. The Prince of Wales Bridge I've had a very stressful and busy week myself and I was in real need of some bird therapy today for a few hours to take my mind off things. A visit to Goldcliff Lagoons alway

A view to a kill

I had an amazing experience on the weekend when I came across a female Sparrowhawk that had just made a kill.

The view of the kill was the first time that I have had a camera to hand and its the closet that I have ever got to one of the these fierce avian predators.

In my last blog post I told the story of how I came across the high drama on the roadside of a local industrial estate. Since then I have had the opportunity to process a few more pictures which I will share with my readers today.

Sparrowhawks whilst being very elusive predators are our second most common bird of prey in the UK. The females are a lot bigger than males. Studies suggest that this is because the females specialise in bigger prey than the males. Small birds tend to be the targets of male birds whilst the females will go for much bigger prey species such as Woodpigeons ( as shown in the pictures).

The female that I watched had a very distinctive tear drop from her pupil of her left eye into her iris.

If I am ever lucky enough to see a sparrowhawk again in this area I will be looking for that.

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