Unusually for a Sparrowhawk, this bird was flying in a very leisurely manner with a couple of wing beats followed by longish glides, this allowed me to pick it out at quite a distance and hope that there was no change of direction.
I was tucked up into the edge of woodland wearing a dark green fleece, I'm not kidding myself into thinking that it did not see me so I suspect that my silhouette was sufficiently broken up not to represent a threat to this most secretive and suspicious of raptors.
I have mentioned before that I wear a pair of green gloves when photographing birds, I am convinced that they obscure the movement of my hands when raising the camera for the shot.
A pleasing image. Of late I seem to have been having more than my fair share of opportunities to photograph birds of prey !.