Sunday, 19 June 2016

Goshawks 2016

Northern Goshawks

Niigata, Japan

June 19, 2016


Mr Honma and I went for a quick look at the goshawk nest this morning. I have been impatiently wanting to check it out but we have been waiting for the chicks to leave the nest.   We were a bit early with two just out of the nest and one still in the nest. I only spent about four minutes to capture the female and chick in the nest. The mum obviously didn't like attention so we left them alone to spend some time getting portraits of a single fledgling about 50 metres away. 

These pics are heavily cropped from the D800.

I also found the Kestrels along the Shinano River with 3 fledglings a couple of weeks ago. I got so-so pics but will post a brief story about them later.












7 comments:

Richard Waring said...

Great set of pics in such a short period of time Russell. They look bigger than the Australian Brown Goshawks (40 - 50 cms) or are your trees smaller :-)

Russell Jenkins said...

The trees are smaller and the goshawks are bigger, Richard. The female is over 60cm I think. The Northern Goshawk is the largest accipiter, I believe. Thanks for your visit. Hope all's good in central Australia.

Stuart Price said...

Spectacular stuff Russell............

Phil Slade said...

Finding a Goshawk nest here in the UK would have to be kept very, very quiet. Too much attention from birders and folk who would love to harm them.

Nice work with your camera Russell.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Russell!:) Superb shots of the Goshawks, really beautiful images, and the last one made me smile.:))

David Gascoigne said...

Congratulations on the Goshawk shots. This is a very difficult situation to photograph in my experience. This species is fierce in defence of its nest and territory and does not hesitate to attack.

John Holmes said...

Great shots of a charismatic species! Sadly, there's only one record from Hong Kong...