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African Harrier-hawk

African Harrier-hawk
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-27 6:24
Viewed: 1679
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
Back from The Gambia with some new photos.

The African Harrier-hawk, harrier hawk, or gymnogene (Polyboroides typus) is a bird of prey. It is about 6066 cm in length, and is related to the harriers. It breeds in most of Africa south of the Sahara. The only other member of the genus is the allopatric Madagascan harrier-hawk (Polyboroides radiatus).
The African harrier-hawk is a medium-sized raptor. The upperparts, head and breast are pale grey. The belly is white with fine dark barring. The broad wings are pale grey with a black trailing edge fringed with a narrow white line. The tail is black with a single broad white band. There is a bare facial patch of variable colour, usually red or yellow. Genders are similar, but young birds have pale brown instead of grey, and dark brown replacing black. An unusual trait of this species is the double-jointed knees it possesses, which enable it to reach into otherwise inaccessible holes and cracks for prey. A comparable leg-structure and behavior can be found in the Neotropicalcrane hawk; a case of convergent evolution.
The call is a whistled sueee-sueee-sueee.
The African harrier-hawk can be found in natural woodland, tree plantations and urban areas.
It builds a stick nest in the fork of a tree or the crown of a palm tree. The clutch is one to three eggs.
The African harrier-hawk is omnivorous, eating the fruit of the oil palm as well as hunting small vertebrates. Its ability to climb, using wings as well as feet, and its long double-jointed legs, enable this bird to raid the nests of cavity-nesters such as barbets and woodhoopoes for fledglings. It has been known to prey on introduced species such as feral pigeons, house sparrows and eastern gray squirrels.
Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-27 9:36]

HI Peter,welcome back! So you been in Gambia another time,the birds paradise is a great attraction for you,did you take some butterfly too? The first pic is very good,a great and difficult in flight capture of this hawk,good sharpness and natural colors in the best light,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Peter
mooie opname van deze havik je ziet hem kijken naar je
Ik had al iets op gevangen daar over
Was zeker wel heel mooi voor jou
want het is toch een vogelparadijs daar
was rustig hier op TN en ook een storing pakte geen foto die je plaatste

gr lou

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2016-01-27 14:42]

Hoi Peter,

Terug op de basis zie ik.....hier ook weer eens een goede nacht geslapen na de laatste week:)

mooie vluchtfoto van deze kleurrijke roofvogel:)


Hello Peter,
Another interesting image with excellent clarity and nice natural colors.
The photographers note are useful. Difficult to catch in flight such a superb bird of prey.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-01-28 18:50]

Hello Peter,
You have presented to us a wonderful inflight shot of this attractive species of hawk. Good eye contact and beautiful plumage. Colors are lovely and I like the clean blue sky as a BG. Very informative notes!

Hello Peter,

Although it was far, but quite well captured even in such difficulty. Excellent color and well BG.
Looking forward more and more beautiful birds.
Thanks for showing,

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic in-flight hawk, perfect focus, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-01-29 15:12]

Hola Peter, hermosa foto de esta bella especie en pleno vuelo, me gusta como se aprecian los detalles de la especie...saludos.

This is amazing

weer eens een tripje gemaakt, je geniet wel van je na-carriere dagen he?

beestje kwam niet echt dichtbij?

Hello Peter
Africa is such a great place to visit, with so many different species. Nice timing on capturing this African Harrier, a tricky shot since the Harrier moves very quickly.
TFS Janice

Hello Peter

Excellent in-flight shot of the African harrier-hawk, fin POV and framing,
by its flight pose we can feel its speedy flight, beautiful light, TFS


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