Friday, November 13, 2009

To Gymnogene or Not...


Photographing the beautiful clouds above the golf course last week, I inadvertantly snapped this African Harrier-Hawk coming in to land. This graceful raptor was previously known as a Gymnogene and is very visible here in South Africa at this time of the year. It is a natural predator of birds/birds eggs which can overrun the area if the numbers are not kept down in this manner.
I normally don't photograph birds in fligtht with or without my long lense (which is in for repairs at the moment) I rather leave that to the professionals. However, at the time, it was a welcome sighting for my husband, I and the children while out walking the dogs.

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12 comments:

  1. Beautiful skies with the hawk as a bonus. Great sighting and captures Jo.

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  2. Great shots! You've captured the bird really well.

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  3. The dark bird posed well against the brilliant white clouds.

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  4. I love when the sky is enriched with birdlife!

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  5. The last shot is very pretty. Great to capture the raptor.

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  6. lovely white e fluffy clouds! have a good weekend! :)

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  7. Oh, I love the light in the last shot.

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  8. Beautiful big puffy clouds, and I clicked on the photo to see the Gymnogene better. That's a very interesting name for a bird.

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  9. Those large birds are breathtakingly awesome~~~
    Love the sparkling sun in the last photo too ~~~ Maria

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  10. Great bird sighting and a pretty sky. I would be a happy camper. Great skywatch photos. Happy skywatching.

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  11. Great shot and just the right timing for that sky wanderer!

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