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Juvenile Goshawk

Juvenile Goshawk
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Copyright: Kris Kearns (kkearns) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 60] (244)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-21 10:11
Viewed: 3827
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In North America, it is called the Northern Goshawk. It is mainly resident, but birds from colder regions of north Asia and Canada migrate south for the winter.

The goshawk appears on the flag of the Azores. The archipelago of the Azores, Portugal takes its name from the Portuguese word for goshawk, because the explorers who first discovered the archipelago thought the birds of prey they saw there were goshawks; later it was determined that these birds were in fact milvuses or a type of common buzzard

This species hunts birds and mammals in woodland, relying on its speed of flight through the dense forest as it flies from a perch or hedge-hops to catch its prey unaware. These are usually opportunistic predators, as are most raptors, but the most important prey species are birds, especially the ruffed grouse, columbiformes, and passerines (mostly pigeons and starlings). Other waterfowl, up to the size of mallard duck, are sometimes preyed on. Prey is often smaller than the hunting hawk, but these birds will also rarely kill much larger animals, up to the size of snowshoe hares and jack rabbits.

Piture taken in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Great shot of this Goshawk Kris,
Looks like you were able to get right up close and personal with this one. Wonderful composition showing that intense gaze that all hawks seem to display.
You sure are getting a lot of nice photos at C.V.N.P., Rosie and I were up there this spring but didn't know the area at all. We're going to have to try and get back up in the near future since it isn't all that far away. I've been going up to Magee Marsh and that is almost a three hour drive. TFS.

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