Ken Perry - Sparrowhawk & "Friends"
On 23rd December 2012 Ken Perry and his ringing team caught, ringed and photographed a Sparrowhawk in his back garden in Coleraine. On the 30th January the same bird was seen from his office landing in a tree during a sunny spell a good 100m off in the margins of the university woodland. It spread its wings and started sunbathing for a period of at least 15 minutes. During this time a gathering posse of tits and finches appeared and at least 14 birds are shown in the supporting photograph perched within 2m of the bird with another twelve in the canopy 4m above. This unusual posse dispersed once the hawk flew off.