Sparrowhawks’ lives, video

This video from Britain says about itself:

A brief look in this trailer into the secret lives of the Eurasian sparrowhawks‘ lives. The film also covers all the songbirds that choose to nest right next to it, and wasps also play a small part in the sparrowhawks‘ lives.


Regards, Dave Culley.

From Wildlife Extra:

Sparrowhawk film – Narrated by Chris Packham

Sparrowhawks on film

October 2012. Natural history and natural history film making were both created and sustained for many years by enthusiastic amateurs, but nowadays it often seems that you are not allowed to study the natural world unless you have a dozen college certificates in how to wear a hard hat or the correct way to step over a style (as long as it has been checked by the H & S department first). However, occasionally, a throwback to an earlier age comes out of the blue, and this is what has happened with David Culley.

David loved sparrowhawks, but couldn’t find anyone to make a film for him, so he made it himself. It just took 10 years! He followed a pair of sparrowhawks from November, when the male arrives back to his nesting grounds, to when the birds disperse in August. The film also covers why as many as 19 species of songbirds choose to nest right next to the sparrowhawk!

26 thoughts on “Sparrowhawks’ lives, video

  1. I spent the entire video playing “Spot the birdie”, heheh! Would you believe that I have only ever seen one Kingfisher in real life?

    We have a female “S’prawk” who we see on the garden fence about once a year. Absolutely beautiful – but I’ll go straight off her if she takes “my” Robin – especially since the current Robin has come along to replace the one that died earlier this year (my husband found and buried him).


    • I have not seen so many kingfishers either. They fly very fast and they suffered from recent harsh winters.

      When I was small, there was once a sparrowhawk in our garden as well.


      • Sprawks are so pretty aren’t they? When my husband first saw her and had me identify her (I’m an RSPB member and lifelong bird-lover) he asked me how I knew she was female. It was easy enough to explain that the female doesn’t have the same gorgeous blush across the cheeks as a male.

        Thanks to me the husband can ID our Dunnocks and Finches quite well now, without my help 🙂


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