Afternoon snack for a Sparrowhawk

I happened to be looking out at the garden this afternoon when a Sparrowhawk snatched a Collared Dove from our feeding station!

The speed was something to see as I was watching it pluck the bird and have a hearty meal. The feathers kept getting stuck to its beak, they were deftly removed by its claws.

I was rather sad for the Collared Dove, but did enjoy seeing the Sparrowhawk! (LS)