Highlight of this morning’s walk with the dog around Cosmeston was this male Sparrowhawk sitting in a tree in the snipe paddock [just beyond the dragonfly pond]. It was quite distant from me so these are big crops. I tried to stalk closer but it shot off and then settled in amongst the branches of another tree [see photo]. When it finally took off it flew right past me low over the high ground behind the dragonfly pond where I was standing. Very impressive. Other than that west lake held a pair of Shoveler and two Gadwall were also present. I didn’t check the Tufties for anything else. W paddock had 6 Mistle Thrush as I left.

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