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Kite attacking Goshawk

Kite attacking Goshawk
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Copyright: Odile Pfaehler (Odile) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 23] (99)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 500D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-16 1:55
Viewed: 2857
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While driving in the game-viewing area of the Camdeboo National Park, in the Karoo region, we stopped to watch this Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) sitting on the top of a tree. After a while we saw the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus) coming flying and attacking the goshawk repetitively. I don't know what was the story behind, but it probably involved defending a nest...

The Black-shouldered Kite must have had a good reason to attack, since it is about 33 cm in size, while the Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk is 48-63 cm!

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Hello Odile,
What a fantastic sighting. The Kite is in perfect focus and good detail and one can see that the Goshawk is all ruffeled. I hope it was not eating the little ones of the Kite. Well done and tfs.

Ciao Odile.
Grande tempismo per questa foto, grande nitideza,belli i colori come la composizione. complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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