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Pale Chanting-Goshawk

Pale Chanting-Goshawk
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: D3S, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-14 1:41
Viewed: 3115
Points: 16
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Southern Pale Chanting-Goshawk - Etosha NP - Namibia

The (Southern) Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. This hawk breeds in southern Africa. It is a resident species of dry, open semi-desert with 75 cm or less annual rainfall.

They occur naturally in south-western Angola through Namibia and Botswana to the western half of South Africa, marginally extending into south-western Zimbabwe.

The Pale Chanting Goshawk eats a variety of vertebrate prey, mainly lizards, but also small mammals and birds, and large insects.

The Pale Chanting Goshawks measure between 18 - 26 inches (46 - 65 cm) from top of head to tip of tail. Their wingspan is from 41 - 45 inches (105-115 cm).

The adult upper plumage is grey except of the white rump. The top of the head (crown) is a darker grey turning paler on the nape (back of a bird's neck) and the upper back, then turning darker again on the lower back - contrasting with the white rump. The upper tail feathers are barred grey and white turning darker - nearly black - towards the center of the tail.

The chin, throat and upper chest are a paler grey. The lower chest, abdomen, thighs and most of the tail feathers below are finely barred dark grey and white (some of the under tail feathers are white).

The longer outer wing feathers (primaries) are black with grey on the outer webs. The shorter inner flight feathers (secondaries) are pale grey with narrow white tips and white specs on the inner webs.

The eyes are reddish-brown; the skin above the upper bill (cere) is orangey-yellow; the long legs are orangey-reddish.

The Pale Chanting Goshawk is an African bird of prey with a range that is mostly confined to southern Africa. Its global population is estimated to consist of more than 10,000 breeding pairs.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence).

Picture reposted thanks to the worshop proposed by PeterZ. Thanks Peter.

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hello Michel,
now it is more beautiful.
great moment you capture with great skill. nice sharpness and perfect colour.
best wishes,

did u upload again ? anyway, great pic, TFS Ori

Hey Michel,

This is awesome image of the birds, not many would get one perched and another taking off....well timed shot.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-14 10:04]
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Hi Michel,
Yes, this is what I mean. Do you have changed anything on the workshop photo?

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-11-15 6:33]

Hola Michel, impresionante foto de esta hermosa especie; me gusta el momento registrado, el entorno,color, luz pero sobre todo la belleza de estas aves, una foto perfecta...saludos.

Hi Michel,
A great capture with excellent DOF and colours.


Hello Michel
Amazing scene and great photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-11-17 2:29]

Hello Michel.
Great POV and two for one! Well composed shot .The sharpness and details are perfect, nice DOF too.I love this photo very much!Regards Siggi

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