Juvenile Gabar Goshawk eating a mouse

A juvenile Gabar Goshawk about to devour this unfortunate mouse

Taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in January 2012.

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87 thoughts on “Juvenile Gabar Goshawk eating a mouse

    1. 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!

  1. 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 🙂

      1. 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.

  2. Totally amazing shot! Found your blog through Sherry – glad I did – I look forward to seeing more of your photography!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

  5. 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!

    1. 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.

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