Dramatic photos capture woodpecker's lucky escape from sparrowhawk's claws
PUBLISHED: 09:18 27 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:23 27 April 2019
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.
“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.
“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.”