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|