After market yesterday, Sue, Petro - a friend visiting her from SA-and I drove to the dam to see what we could find. Along the road, we spotted a variety of LBJ's (little brown jobs) starlings, drongos, doves and flycatchers. As we approaced the dam, Petro (who has become hooked on birding in the space of three days of visiting the Valley) pointed excitedly to a bird sitting quietly in a dead tree on the bank.
Sue stopped the vehicle below the tree and surprisingly the bird (a raptor of some indeterminate identification) sat there while three crazy ladies clicked, clicked and clicked away! Even when we'd had our fill of images of this stunning bird, it remained in the tree. Which makes me think it might be a juvenile.
We also decided between us that it's a Shikra but when we downloaded our photos, the doubts set in. We've all labled our bird as a "Sparrowhawk" but will change it should anyone out there give us a positive ID. Meanwhile I share a few photos of this beautiful bird with you.
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Unidentified raptor spotted at the dam this week