Black Sparrowhawk in Voelklip


On a quiet, peaceful afternoon in early August the cooing of the doves and happy chirping of the sparrows in our garden was shattered by a frantic panic as they all took flight!  This was a typical reaction when our fairly regular visitor, an African Goshawk made a raid for an easy meal.   I went out expecting to see the goshawk, but in the Keurboom opposite our bedroom was a pleasant surprise, a very relaxed Black Sparrowhawk!  He seemed to be inspecting the garden and surrounding trees for a dove or other prey, which gave us 20 minutes of spectacular viewing and photographic opportunities.  A few images are attached to share our enjoyment.

This was our first sighting of a Black Sparrowhawk in Voelklip!

Ed Meyer.

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