Sparrowhawk (Aylesbury) - sun-flower

A fellow birder discovered a pair of Sparrowhawks nesting locally, fairly high up in a tree, less than 5 metres from a busy dog walking public footpath! I first visited the nest just over 5 weeks ago (June 2013). At that time, all that could be seen was an almost hidden adult bird, obviously on eggs. On this second visit, the hottest day for 7 years(!), the cool of the tree canopy was very welcome. Two nestlings were quietly enjoying the last day or two of nest life, obviously close to fledging. A third youngster had likely fledged that morning and was fascinating to observe as it tended to its emerging feathers and new freedom. The story unfolds below...