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Dark Chanting Goshawk

Dark Chanting Goshawk
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-10 14:05
Viewed: 2636
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates adult preening

The Chanting Goshawks of Eastern Africa (Dark CG and Eastern CG) are medium sized birds of prey often sitting atop of acacias or bushes.
The great thing about raptor watching in Eastern Africa, mainly in the National Parks is that these birds are not afraid of humans, unlike our raptors in Europe which have been killed and persecuted by humans for centuries. Yesterdays Martial eagle was sitting on the bush an eating the heron and it was much more stressed by the overflying Steppe Eagle than by the car standing less than 50 meters from it. Such an approach would be unthinkable in Europe.

This Dark chanting Goshawk (identified by its darker color and red cere and bill base which is yellow in Eastern) was sitting just about 20 meters from the road and did not even look at our car when we stopped. After about 15 minutes it started to preen, difficult to be more relaxed than this.
Raptor watching is great, but in Africa's national parks it is even better!

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WOAH! love this capture; matching beak and claws and preening magnificent blend of detailed gray scalloped feathers! Just LOVE this!

How to make a raptor look like a dove ;)
Great capture Tom. (BTW ... I had to look twice at that word metabates ... thought he was doing something other than preening ;)

Hello Tom
Very nice bird unknown for me
Excellent photo, good sharpness and blury background

Hello Tom

WOW ! Great close-up of this bird, fine POV,
beautiful light, beautiful catch-light that
enhance the photo, excellent focus sharpness details,



Amazing bird and amazing pose Tom! Fantastic photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

WOW Tom ...you have been challengingly close to that one I think despite the use of your 500mm lens ...which is ...what an equivalent to 800mm lens for FF camera ..hm, well I do not need to be really close in that case but ..outstanding capture with superb detail on every in focus element. I do not wanna challenge the colors here...perfectly moderated, balanced and appealing to the eye ...in other words a great presentation of the Dark Chanting Goshawk! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-03-10 23:17]

good framing of the bird. nice lighting and action. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-10 23:55]

Hello Tom,
Superb and impressive photo. Beautiful sharp patterns in the feathers and a great pose. Excellent light and natural colours. Very good composition and DOF.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-11 0:38]

Hello Tom,
Another beauty of a bird of prey. Great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Attractive pose and DOF. Very nice composition.

Hi Tom,
really nice portrait of this bird. Perfect sharpness and details. Amazing colours.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-11 3:48]

Hi Tom,

This bird is really relaxing and feeling comfortable. I like the soft light and the interesting behaviour of this bird of prey.


hello Tom
very good sharpness composition and great details
lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Tom
Fantastic capture of this impressive bird.Great composition,wonderful colors and lighting.Thank You for the note.
Best regards

Hi Tom,

I had to read the note (& the title) to see this is a raptor (not partridge) - the scene is both beuatiful and playful. And, if you permit, I dare say Europe is much more civillised than my liking! You have to strive harder to look for real tooth & claw of the wild!! TFS.


Bonjour Tom,
Très belle scène de la vie sauvage très bien restituée sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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