Friday, 26 January 2018

Brown Goshawk juvenile portraits

The Brown Goshawk juvenile siblings are still in residence at our place and today two more photo opportunities presented. I liked the images captured of one of the birds perched in the old Peppercorn tree in our garden.

The bird’s position and my position meant the photos were taken against strong back light so I had to ramp up the exposure value to +1.33 to avoid the bird becoming a dark silhouette. While this deliberate over-exposure has blown out the background to a bright off white, the shaded light from the Peppercorn Tree on the Goshawk has resulted in amazing light which reveals beautiful feather detail and subtle colour.

As the bird perched it appeared to be hyper aware and as it looked about it presented several attractive and expressive poses. Here is a selection of the images.

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  1. Fascinating to look at these portraits, as we have had a family of collared sparrowhawks - two juveniles and parents - at our place for the last few months. The differences between them are so small it's quite amazing. If you want to compare and contrast, there are quite a few pics on my blog at (though I've posted quite a few entries on them... I've been a bit obsessed!). Several tall trees close to each other and the proximity of the bush with a ready supply of white-faced honeyeaters seem to be their requirements. I've also been wondering if the explosion of cicadas this year have helped two of the nestlings survive.... Thanks for your pics!

  2. Thanks for the comment Nicole and link to your Collared Sparrowhawk post. As you say the Brown Goshawk and Collared Sparrowhawk are incredibly similar. Given they are both found right across Australia one wonders what drove their speciation from a common ancestor. As one is smaller I guess they have evolved to fill different ecological niches - though these may not be very obvious to us. Our Brown Goshawks have at times been chasing on foot insects in our paddocks so I am sure your Collared Sparrowhawks would be eating cicadas and other insects if they are hungry.