Saturday, 22 January 2011

Juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk

I spent Thursday morning with the Lakes Bird Club at the Witfontein forest reserver, near George. The day dawned rainy, and although we saw a suite of forest birds, light was too poor for photography.

On the way home, I got to exercise my trigger finger on a pair of juvenile Chanting Goshawks that were scavenging a dead hare from the road. One sat on a telephone pole, calling a lot. The other spent all the time picking at the road-kill. What I presumed to be one of the parents took flight when we approached initially, but returned later. 

Adult and juvenile goshawks in flight

one of the parents in full adult plumage

The juvenile eating the hare

blinking - they look like zombies when they do

calling - but not to share

when one of the other family members approached this defensive posture was displayed

departing, clutching a talon-full of hare

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