Willem’s Weekly Bird Photography blog (#6)
Week 6: Little sparrowhawk (Klein sperwer)( Accipiter minullus)
We are moving a bit more north for this month’s bird – the Little Sparrowhawk:
Nikon D3S, Nikkor 600mmf4 fixed lens, ISO320, f5.6, 1/500, exposure = -0.67, WB = sunlight, Aperture mode, on beanbag from elephant hide
Mashatu Nature Reserve, Botswana, July 2012
It is the world’s smallest Accipiter and is possibly the smallest member of the diverse Accipitridae family (Wikipedia). The little Sparrowhawk is the smallest of the family of Sparrowhawk and goshawks, weighing between 74 to 105 grams (2.6 to 3.7 ounces). Sparrowhawks have thin, fine legs, long toes and needle-sharp talons. Short, broad wings and a long tail give them great maneuverability flying through woods. They prey on small birds and insects that they catch midair, while flying through the trees at high speed. The indigestible parts of their prey become small parcels called pellets, which they regurgitate on the ground near their eating places (http://switchzoo.com/profiles/littlesparrowhawk.htm). This species has an extremely large range and they can be easily confused with the larger African Goshawk.
The distribution map:
Until next week – keep an eye on the birds and keep on shooting.