Willem’s Weekly Bird Photography blog (#3)

Week 3: Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk (Oostelike Bleeksing valk)( Melierax poliopterus)

Eastern pale goshawk juvenile

Eastern pale goshawk juvenile

Nikon D3s camera, Nikon 600mmf4 lens, Wimberley head on a Really right stuff window mount attached to vehicle’s side bar, ISO 1600, f8, 1/8000 second, exposure compensation = -0.67, Aperture priority, White Balance – sun.

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Goshawk half circle

Goshawk half circle 1

Nikon D3s camera, Nikon 600mmf4 lens, Wimberley head on a Really right stuff window mount attached to vehicle’s side bar, ISO 1600, f8, 1/6400 second, exposure compensation = -0.67, Aperture priority, White Balance – sun.

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And the adult version of the bird:

Eastern pale goshawk adult

Eastern Pale Goshawk adult

Nikon D3s camera, Nikon 600mmf4 lens, Wimberley head on a Really right stuff window mount attached to vehicle’s side bar, ISO 3200, f10, 1/4000 second, exposure compensation = -0.67, Aperture priority, White Balance – sun.

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I am currently in Nakuru in Kenya and I think it was appropriate to do a post on a bird of this area namely the Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk. The first two images above are of a juvenile goshawk and the last image is an adult.

Interesting facts:

This species is intermediate between the smaller Dark Chanting Goshawk (widespread to the west and south) and the Pale Chanting Goshawk (southern Africa) in colour, size, and leg length, but not in range. It occurs in semidesert, dry bush, and wooded grassland below 2000 m in southern Ethiopia, Djibouti, western Somalia, eastern Kenya, northeastern Tanzania, and adjacent Uganda. Adults have grey head, neck, breast, and upperparts, except for the white or lightly barred upppertail coverts. The belly has narrow grey and white bars and the undertail coverts are white. Juveniles are dull brown above with a pale stripe over the eye. They have white underparts with brown streaks on the throat and breast, brown bars on the belly coverts, and faint or no barring on the undertail coverts. The tail is brown with widely spaced darker brown bars. The rump is white, partially barred or unmarked. They are indistinguishable from some juvenile Dark Chanting Goshawks except for the less barred undertail coverts and rump. Also, the legs are slightly longer at all ages than the Dark Chanting Goshawk’s. (Wikipedia).

Until next week when I am back in South Africa – keep on shooting!!!

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  1. #1 by de Wets Wild on January 26, 2014 - 3:30 am

    Enjoy your travels in East Africa Willem. We’re looking forward to more!

    • #2 by whk139 on February 4, 2014 - 12:52 pm

      Thanks de Wets and I did enjoy the Kenya trip. Trip report to follow soon.

  2. #3 by whk139 on January 30, 2014 - 10:13 am

    Thanks de Wets – I’ll post a trip report in the near future.

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