I don't see how they manage to "get the hang off it"???... You hear me dan?.... Lol
I don't think it's that common for Sparrowhawks to kill mature Pheasants, but this isn't the first time it's happened, and once one gets the hang of it, well that's it http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... . Once it gets to this time of year all the kills have been the smaller Hens.
well mate if your seeing it then I won't disagree but you must be the unluckiest keeper 'in' the world that gets full grown birds taken by a spar.....:-(
Got a Sparrowhawk taking them now. Doing exact same thing as looks like in the pic, dropping on them, keeping hold and starting eating from the rear while they're still alive http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
If thats a mature hen pheasant then its not a spar......Probably been a buzzard? Normally start on the breast in my experiance....?....Its a mystery... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Hen Sparrowhawk would be quite capable of killing, but not carrying off. That was my thoughts when it appeared the birds were left where they were, and there's not that much seems to have been eaten.
I would say goshawk as adult pheasants normaly a bit big and strong for sparrowhawk and buzzard this time of year
yes your probably right
My guess would be Buzzard or Sparrowhawk
LOL am baby sitting misses has gone to get the beaters stuff from bookers and the kids have fried me head