A juvenile Gabar Goshawk about to devour this unfortunate mouse
Taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in January 2012.
This entry was posted on February 27, 2012 by Rory Alexander Photography. It was filed under Wildlife and was tagged with Canon, closeup, goshawk, Kgalagadi, mouse, photography, telephoto, wildlife.
great shot, poor mouse…
February 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm
February 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm
February 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm
Stunning! Is photography your job or a hobby?
February 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm
Thanks, at the moment it’s just a hobby but I’m hoping to change that.
February 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm
fantastic! best of luck
February 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm
What an amazing shot.
March 2, 2012 at 2:46 am
March 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Brilliant, you must have a hawk eye yourself!
March 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm
ha ha, thanks
March 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Great shot Rory!
March 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm
wow – amazing!
March 3, 2012 at 11:23 am
A stunning image! Did you come across this by chance or had you been watching for a while?
March 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm
Thanks Lisa, it was by chance. The goshawk flew across the road in front of us and we could see it had something in its talons. Then it landed in a tree just off the side of the road where he proceeded to devour his catch!
March 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm
I saw this as the photo winner of the day. It’s such an excellent shot. The hawk must have landed in a tree very near your car?
March 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm
Thanks, it was probably about 15 metres from the car but with a 400mm lens mounted to my canon 550D with a crop sensor enabled me to get such a tight shot.
March 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Great shot Rory! I was in Kgalagadi 2008, and it was not easy to see and photograph birds in this kind of action, I managed to catch only one pygmy falcon eating a prey.
March 19, 2012 at 9:55 am
March 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm
March 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm
That’s a really great photo and inspires me to save up my pennies for a lens which is a bit bigger than my 105… There’s plenty of wildlife around here, it just might not be so wild though
March 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm
thanks, I borrowed the 400mm I used to take this photo from a friend and now I’m also saving to buy one of my own.
March 24, 2012 at 9:15 am
I was in the shop just the other day getting advice… I think it might take a while for me. HAHA! Still my Nikkor 18-105mm does a good job.
March 24, 2012 at 10:53 am
April 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm
WOW … What a fantastic photo!! What an awesome opportunity … being in the right place.
April 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm
Thanks. Indeed, a bit of luck with the timing and the right camera settings = result.
April 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm
Hello Rory…thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post! Your pictures are so vivid and real. I love it! Great work indeed!
April 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm
It’s a pleasure and thank you for visiting and the positive comment.
April 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm
Wow! What else can one say….
April 12, 2012 at 1:27 am
Wow, stunning capture!
April 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm
April 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Amazing Photo! Lots of eye candy on this site…. awesome!
April 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm
Thanks, I really appreciate the comment.
April 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm
April 26, 2012 at 4:55 am
great photo! (But I feel bad for the mouse ~~ look at its innocent face ;_;)
May 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm
What an amazing capture!! Amazing photograph
May 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Thank you, appreciate the comment.
May 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Superb shot …. but ohh poor mouse
May 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm
This is absolutely PHENOMENAL!!!!!! The expression on the mouse’s face! (even though it’s dead…) Is priceless..
May 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Thank you, I don’t think the mouse was quite dead yet but very shortly after.
May 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm
I have never seen anything like this. It’s stunning, number one, but the fact that you got the expression on it’s face is jaw-dropping.
May 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm
A case of right time, right place I guess.
May 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm
The one tooth…..sticking out. I am Knighting you for this.
May 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm
I really appreciate your comments.
May 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm
great capture! I personally don’t have the patience to take these shots, so kudos to you for that!
May 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Thank you, I appreciate the comment. This shot was more luck than patience but it does take days of driving around until you stumble upon something like this.
May 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Totally amazing shot! Found your blog through Sherry – glad I did – I look forward to seeing more of your photography!
May 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Thank you so much for the feedback and taking the time to comment.
May 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm
What a fantastic capture!!!
May 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm
May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm
Amazing photo! That mouse almost looks happy to be devoured.
May 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm
oh man…that is so awesome…and sad, lol
May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm
May 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Thank you for the compliment.
May 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm
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May 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm
Great Capture, shot to be commended
May 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Appreciate it, thanks.
May 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm
Wow!! That is the most amazing photo! So glad you dropped by so I got to see your beautiful photos
May 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Yuk, but a great photo!
May 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Not sure whether I like the hawk’s eye or the mouse’s face better! Amazing. Great work.
May 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm
Thanks, it is a tough choice.
May 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm
your photos are breathtaking…..
May 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm
Thank you, I really appreciate the compliment.
May 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm
Great shot, but I feel for the mouse .
June 2, 2012 at 2:14 am
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June 10, 2012 at 12:18 am
Great shot. Lovely detail without looking processed.
June 11, 2012 at 12:06 am
Thank you. I actually haven’t done any editing on this shot.
June 11, 2012 at 7:58 am
Rory this shot is incredible! When seeing predator with prey like this you seldom see the prey’s expression, you can almost tell what he must have been thinking. Truly spectacular!
June 12, 2012 at 4:58 am
Thanks, indeed you usually see one or the other’s not both.
June 12, 2012 at 10:22 am
June 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm
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June 28, 2012 at 3:45 am
Wow!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazing shot. And the details and quality!!! First class!!! Poor mouse
July 5, 2012 at 10:38 am
Thank you so much
July 5, 2012 at 11:10 am
astounding rory. You were at the right place at right time. Glad you had your camera equipment with you to capture this.
July 8, 2012 at 8:14 am
Thanks Irfan, little bit of luck and the right equipment
July 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm
I’m so glad I found your blog and that I can follow it. Love all your super nice pictures.
July 13, 2012 at 11:54 am
I’m glad you found it too and thanks for the comment.
July 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Amazing capture with sharp detail! Love it.
July 15, 2012 at 4:48 am
Thank you and thanks for commenting
July 15, 2012 at 9:00 am
this one! i kinda think the face of the mouse looks cute….
all ur pics are so amazing!
July 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm
Thank you Chloe. This one was just a combination of patience, right time – right place and a little bit of luck
July 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm
fantastic timing, even if there is luck involved, you still need to have your gear set up correctly and ready to shoot!
It is a strange one, though. While amazingly beautiful, it still is an extremely macabre picture. Great work!
July 19, 2012 at 10:59 am
Thanks! Indeed, little bit of luck and a little bit of skill. On this same trip I missed a cape cobra ‘hooding’ because I had the wrong exposure + autofocus settings. As for the picture, it does arouse mixed emotions; my thoughts on it change from day to day.
July 20, 2012 at 3:06 am
Quite amazing photo! I’m liking your lens more and more! I just bought the canon 5DMarkIII, and the 100 mm 2.8 macro, and have been drooling over the more powerful lenses. Your shots are amazing!
August 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm
Thanks again. Unfortunately the Canon 400mm DO f4 IS lens which this was taken with isn’t mine but it is an amazing lens and I’m busy saving up to buy one of my own. I have also just bought a 5D MkIII but haven’t had much of a chance to use it yet. Very excited to test it on wildlife soon but will miss the crop factor of my 550D. The 100mm 2.8 is a great lens too, I used that for my flower macro shots, found the very shallow DOF tricky to get used to though.
August 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm
aaaah that cute mouse! But that’s life…. Amazing shot!!
December 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Thanks, and indeed, c’est la vie.
December 27, 2012 at 6:50 am
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