Monday, May 25, 2009

Savanna hawk

I thought I'd kick off the first of two (2!) weeks focusing on venezuelan raptors (there'll be a gap in between the two fish, plant and herp fans) with my favourite Venezuelan raptor. The Savanna Hawks were very obliging, conveniently large and very beautiful which is why I have some nice photos of them.

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This one in particular perched for an age on this picturesque looking log/tree trunk thingy.......

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....before boring of us and gliding gently over to this fence post where, in the act of landing it gave a beautiful view of its spectacular tail and dorsal plumage.

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Savanna hawks (Buteogallus meridionalis) are big birds but they seem to hunt by lunging from a perch onto surprisingly small prey, small mammals and snakes and so forth, rather than soaring. They have deceptively long legs and gave the impression of being pretty comfortable on the deck too. Interestingly they apparently often congregate at grass fires working the edges to catch those fleeing the flames.

5 comments:

Kim said...

Absolutely stunning bird! Thanks for sharing.

Keetha said...

These are not "nice" photos - - - these are AWESOME photos.

Thanks for sharing.

jason said...

Wow! Stunning bird--and fantastic images. I'm glad it posed for you a bit, then gave you that fantastic full-spread shot as it landed.

Sally said...

Incredible-- a very beautiful bird (and good job capturing it!)...

Thanks!

tai haku said...

Thanks everyone - I'm glad you like these as much as I do. Hopefully the rest of the week's raptors will meet similar approval!