A Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Rooiborssperwer) can probably thank a group of Club members that it is still alive, and was not killed by an African Goshawk (Afrikaanse Sperwer).
It all happened on the Club morning walk in Fernkloof yesterday, said Margie Ogston, as they were led up and around Lemoenkop by Mike Ford. Those in front saw all the action between the two raptors.
“I’m convinced that our timeous arrival on the scene saved that sparrowhawk’s life, as the goshawk had it pinned down and only released it when we approached,” Mike said. “The sparrowhawk flew up, circled above our heads and flew to a protea sapling about 40 metres away – giving us very good views.
“Once it had regained its composure after its escape it flew off towards the Mossel River side. It all happened so fast it took some time to piece together what was going on.”
An African Goshawk is on average about double the size of a Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk.
The group of 26 birders on the overcast outing counted 39 species.