Archive for September 27, 2013

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Horus was one of the most significant of the ancient Egyptian gods. He was usually depicted as a falcon headed man. Most notably, he was regarded as being the god of sun, the sky, war and hunting. It may be from this latter function that the image of the falcon is taken. Horus was the first national god for the kingdom of Egypt and later became the patron god of the Pharaohs, who in turn came to be regarded as a manifestation of Horus during their lives. For this reason, some depictions of Horus shows him wearing a crown similar to that worn by the Pharaohs.

This Horus-falcon statue dates from around 600 BCE and can be seen in the British Museum.

Had spent most of the day working at home. The garden had been reasonably quiet during the day with the usual collection of Crows, Magpies and Pigeons. As I was preparing to pack up and get ready to go out I glanced out of the window and first saw a magpie on the grass in the middle of the grass. I was then aware of a larger darker bird close to it. Quickly picking up my binoculars I saw it was the female Sparrowhawk who rather unusually was feeding on a Common Pigeon (Even the larger female Sparrowhawks tend to go for something smaller like a Thrush or a Starling).

Not knowing how long it would be around I quickly grabbed the camera and took some photos and video.

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After a couple of minutes it flew off with the pigeon still in its talons (only just above the ground) into the secluded area at the back of the garden and was lost to view.