Brown Goss Hawk

Posted by Kim on Mon Apr 22, 2024 7:35 pm

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Some times you get lucky and the birds come to you. This is a young brown goss hawk hunting sparrows in my grape vines outside my dinning room window. The weird pattern behind him is the panelling on my race for my dear pens.

Nikon Z8 with 180-600mm Z lens @ 220mm.

F8, 1/2000, ISO 2800. Manual HH. 
Shot through my window with Glass.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Apr 23, 2024 5:33 am
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You must have very clean glass! Nice and sharp. It looks rather formidable, looking down at  possible prey?  We get an occasional similar (American) Goshawk here in the woods-usually only a fleeting view. Nothing so close and sharp!
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Apr 23, 2024 6:06 am
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Interesting to see this species in this setting. Great pose and details, makes you wonder what his interest.
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by david fletcher on Tue Apr 23, 2024 8:02 am
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What a fab opportunity Kim. That glass is sure clean too. A Vinyard, Deer pens and the odd visiting raptor... Sounds like heaven.
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by Karl Egressy on Tue Apr 23, 2024 8:03 am
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Fearsome looking Raptor. Excellent image.

by Carol Clarke on Tue Apr 23, 2024 8:34 am
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A deer farm and a vineyard sounds like the ideal place for raptors to find their prey, so you may well have other opportunities for these beauties Kim. You made the most of this visit with this very nice image!

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by Peter Ireland on Tue Apr 23, 2024 8:52 am
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A fine capture of this raptor,Kim.

by Kim on Tue Apr 23, 2024 6:44 pm
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Thanks for the comments every one. Just to clarify - the grapes are only two vines in my garden outside the window, the dear are a commercial mob kept for their antlers, we do have a pet mob of fellow dear though. Our farm is run for fine wool merino sheep, we have about 3000 of them.

This raptor was hunting for the sparrows that live in the grape vines, there is another very similar hawk called the sparrow hawk that hunts mainly sparrows but it has different leg colour.

by paul fletcher on Tue Apr 23, 2024 8:02 pm
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Excellent image, Kim.

by Jakejacoby on Wed Apr 24, 2024 6:53 am
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Awesome capture Kim - TFS

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