Dramatic photos capture woodpecker’s lucky escape from sparrowhawk’s claws
- Credit: Twitter, @Churchillcroc
A Norfolk photographer has captured a dramatic struggle between a woodpecker and a sparrowhawk.
The images, which show the sparrowhawk pinning a spotted woodpecker to the ground before the smaller bird escaped, were shared on Twitter by an amateur nature photographer in Thursford.
Grahame, who tweets under the name @Churchillcroc, shared two snaps of the birds locked in the life and death struggle on social media, on Thursday, April 25.
He said: 'Raw nature.
'This great spotted woodpecker was lucky.
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'She managed to escape the clutches of this male sparrowhawk in our garden.'
He added: 'He literally took her off the peanut feeder as I walked past the window.
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'There was a female drinking this morning in the garden but as we have quite a few visit, not sure the same.
'Will keep an eye out as there was feather disturbance on her back.
'I guess seeing her fly was a good thing.'