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collared dove


Sunday, 4th November 2001, West Yorkshire

collared dove WE'RE WALKING down the quarry-side path through a narrow tunnel of overhanging birch, ash and hawthorn. I'm ducking to avoid the overhanging branches when there's a 'thrub!' of whirring wings just inches above my head, a glancing touch and the draught of air from passing wings. I turn to see a Collared Dove flying at full speed, closely followed, just inches above and a foot behind, by a large brownsparrowhawk Sparrowhawk.

Where Barbara is standing just a few yards ahead of me along the path a few grey feathers of the dove are drifting down from the branches.

Perhaps she had disturbed the sparrowhawk just as it had caught the dove, which made a dash for freedom. The path runs close to a garden where they hang out bird feeders.

collared dove feather

wasp My head seems to be attractive to wildlife today; a wasp blunders into me and gets tangled in my hair. next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
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