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Natural Born Killer


Natural Born Killer
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著作権: Alex Strugariu (Alex_Strugariu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 173] (649)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2007-07-14
カテゴリー: Birds
カメラ: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2007-07-14 11:02
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Hi everyone,

I've decided to upload another bird picture to TN.
I took this shot today, very near to where I live in Iasi. A good friend of mine has been studying the local gosshawk populations from the area and has been folowing a pair and their nesting habits. What you see here is 'Katrina' (as named by my friend), one of the daughters hatched this year by that pair. It's fully capable of flying and hunting as we have seen for the past weeks. No questions asked, she is a natural born killer...

Here's a little something about the species:

The Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis; from OE. gshafoc 'goose-hawk') is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.

It is a widespread species that inhabits the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. 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.

Appearance
The Goshawk is the largest member of the genus Accipiter[1] . It is a raptor with short broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to manoeuvring through trees. The male is blue-grey above and barred grey below, 49-57 cm (19"-22") long with a 93-105 cm (37"-41") wingspan. The much larger female is 58-64 cm (23"-25") long with a 108-127 cm (42"-50") wingspan, slate grey above grey below. Males of the smaller races can weigh as little as 630 grams (1.4 pounds), whereas females of the larger races can weigh as much as 2 kg (4.4 lbs). The juvenile is brown above and barred brown below. The flight is a characteristic "slow flap slow flap straight glide".

In Eurasia, the male is sometimes confused with a female Sparrowhawk, but is larger, much bulkier and has relatively longer wings. In North America, juveniles are sometimes confused for the smaller Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks, but the size again is a distinctive feature of the goshawk.


Food and hunting
This species hunts birds and mammals in woodland, relying on surprise 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 squirrels (especially less agile ground squirrels), galliforms, piciforms, and passerines. Other raptors, up to the size of Great Gray Owls, are sometimes preyed on. Prey is often smaller than the hunting hawk, but these birds will also regularly kill much larger animals, up to the size of hares and marmots.


Behavior
In the spring breeding season, the goshawk has a spectacular roller-coaster display, and this is the best time to see this secretive forest bird. At this time, the surprisingly gull-like call of this bird is sometimes heard. Adults return to their nesting territories by March or April and begin laying eggs in April or May. These territories almost include tracts of large, mature trees that the parent will nest in. The clutch size is usually 2 to 4, but anywhere from 1 to 5 eggs may be laid. The eggs average 59 x 45 mm (2.3 x 1.8 in) and weigh about 60 g (2.1 oz). The incubation period can range from 28 to 38 days. The young leave the nest after about 35 days and start trying to fly another 10 days later. The young may remain in their parents territory for up to a year of age. Adults defend their territories fiercely from everything, including passing humans, so even the eggs have few predators. Birds of any age may be attacked, rarely, by Bubo owls and large Buteo hawks, but these often cede to or are themselves killed by the aggressive goshawk.


Status
In Britain the Goshawk became extinct in the 19th century because of specimen collectors and persecution by gamekeepers, but in recent years it has come back by immigration from Europe, escaped falconry birds, and deliberate releases. The main threat to goshawks internationally today is the clearing of forest habitat on which both they and their prey depend.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accipiter_gentilis

I hope you enjoy the shot. It is without doubt the best bird shot I ever took. I was very lucky to get close enough to her...

P.p.: Cropped, Resized, Framed

All the best,
Alex

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foarte faina aceasta fotografie.
felicitari.
nb,iulian

That is indeed a very fine capture. Clarity, sharpness, and color are dead on. Great Job!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1138 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-14 11:10]

Hi Alex,

A nice capture with excellent colors and sharpness,the dof and the light are great and you are right when you say it is a good capture,tfs

Paul

What a great closeup portrait this is Alex!
The light, clarity of focus, color, and POV are excellent.
Thanks for sharing and the good note also.
Greetings,
Richard

good note
very good focus and details great shot

aleks ;:)
best regards

Grea decicion Alex.
Wonderful portrait of the Goshawk.
Love the angry look on it's face and the feather details are beautiful.
Sunlight on top of the beak is a bit harsh, but that's just a minor flaw.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards and have a nice weekend,
Harr

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-07-14 12:03]

great focus and wonderful colors great eye

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-14 12:36]

That is a beautiful bird and it is a wonderfully sharp, close shot. Amazing details in the feathers and what an eye!

TFS

Karan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2007-07-14 12:37]

Hello Alex,
Fantastic sharp photo with great details. Great composition, POV and DOF. Beautiful light.
Regards,
Peter

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1235] (7571)
  • [2007-07-14 12:50]

hi alex.
a beautiful picture of this hawk.an amazing sharpness.
well done with xcellent POV.lovely details.
TFS

Salut Alex,
Superba captura,compozitia si detaliile sunt remarcabile.

Felicitari!

Mircea

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-14 14:49]

Hi Alex,
Wow! Fantastic picture. I love all the details we see in the feathers, immaculate sharpness.
Lise

Hi Alex,

WoW what a beauty
Compo, sharpness, details, colours and POV are SUPERB
the eye details are outstanding

TFS Thijs

Incredible detail. You've got a terrific shot here. The bird is crisp, sharp, and his beak seems emphasized - a definite positive. He pops out and the background, while natural, stays just that: background. Wonderful capture - congratulations.

great portrait of this female juvenile goshawk alex!
thank you very much for sharing
caroline

salut si uau....esti super baftos, sincer, sa faci o astfel de foto...unde ai gasit asa ceva in iasi??daca nu te superi...
numai bine, oana

Beautiful raptor! I love the intensity in her eyes... a true preditor! Great details, color and composition! TFS!

Minunat portret al unui rapitor.

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