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Dark Chanting Goshawk

Dark Chanting Goshawk
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Prey- RAPTORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-05 1:52
Viewed: 7331
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. The Accipitridae also include many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers.

A large, 43 -56 cm, long-legged goshawk with red legs and cere. It has a long tail and broad wings, with a 105 cm wingspan. It is slate-grey above and white with fine barring below. The tail is black and white. In flight, the wings are grey with black tips. The flight is stiff and mechanical.

This hawk breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, but avoids the rain forests of the Congo basin. There is a small and declining isolated population in Morocco. It’s uncommon; less obtrusive than other chanting goshawks. It lives in tropical and subtropical savannahs.
It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays one or two eggs. It eats a variety of vertebrate prey and large insects.

This species derives its name from the breeding season song, which consists of chanted flutes and whistles:
Piping ‘kleeu-kleeu-klu-klu-klu’.

(Sources: Wikipedia and ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by I. Sinclair and P. Ryan)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-05 2:14]

Hello Peter,
What a fantastic capture of the beautiful Chanting Goshawk. I like its pose at the top of a tree and the beautiful matching background. Great focus too and sharp details. The colours of its plumage are fabulous and so well shown here.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello Peter,

Splendid capture of this bird of prey. Excellent composition. Excellent POV, DOF and focus. Superb detail of the feathers. Splendid colours.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-05 2:24]

Ha Peter,

Een goede opname van deze Goshawk,welke ik ook in kruger heb mogen fotograferen,betreft krugerpark ben toch bezig om deze maand (een soort van last minute)nog naar zuid afrika af te reizen,samen met mijn moeder(viv),dus zijn volop met planning bezig,


Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this Dark Chanting Goshawk with very good pose and composition, sharp details, good eye contact and nice naturally blurred BG.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-05 2:51]

Beauitful composition,nice POV.
DOF is good.TFS!

Hallo peter,

Een mooie opname van deze Stootvogel in een goede positie.
Moooie kleuren en goede onscherpe achtergrond.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-05 3:32]

Hello Peter,
A superb portrayal of this impressive but widespead African raptor, the Dark Chanting Goshawk. The technical aspects are first class and the POV, composition against the OOF natural BG and the eye contact are excellent.
A great image Peter and thanks for sharing it,

Hi Peter
Excellent composition with lovely soft color and crystal clear detail.
tfs jon

Hola Peter, muy bonita fotografia, con una excelente exposición, bien enfocada y con colores naturales y muy atractivos.
El fondo perfecto para destacar mejor esta rapaz.
Un saludo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-05 6:33]

Hello Peter,
Very nice capture of this Goshawk.
Beautiful composition with natural looking colour and good details.
Great note as well.
Best regards Siggi

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-05 8:20]

Hello Peter! I just can't believe how you keep on posting all those great bird shots! This one is a true winner, it's very sharp, the exposure is A1 and the composition is just perfect! I'm amazed, well done my friend.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-05 8:49]

Hello Peter,

You have made a very sharp photo showing in great detail the pattern of bird's plumage. Composition with few elements helps viewer concentrate on the main subject. The eye of the bird is so sharply shown that it became a strong point of the photo.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-05 10:33]

Hi Peter. You took some great shot with the 70 - 300 lens . Your picture of the Goshawk is first class. with a nice pose on the top of the tree looking out. You have good detail and natural colours.good shot of the large eye. well done TFS.

hello Peter,
good capture of this beautiful raptors
in pose of alert, with the eyes ready to find the prey

best regards sERGIO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-05 11:44]

Hi Peter,

Excellent capture of this beautiful Chanting Goshawk - it might be the first time I have seen one. It amazes me how he can stand upright on the leaves. What a pose! Like all birds of prey his yellow eyes seem to be on the lookout for a victim. Face, eye, beak, wings and the unique plummage are excellent with wonderful colors and excellent details. A superb composition.


Hola Peter.
Fenomenal captura y excelente encuadre.
Los colores aparecen perfectamente saturados.
Interesante comentario.
Saludos, JL.

Visita mi Blog.

Hi Peter, wonderful capture of this beauty perched on a tip tuft of leaves in a fine pose. Composition, lighting annd framing are also wonderful.
TFS this.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-10-05 14:01]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of this Hawk. Great composition, sharpness,
and colors.. Well done


You seem to have truly pegged this one...the Nikon shows its ability in the right hands and in front of a good set of iris!, cornea...no lenses need..Fine job!

Hello Peter. Very good shot at this hawk. Sharp focus and well perched. I like the details of the plumage. Good work in silencing the background. Well done and TFS. Regards. Jusni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-05 18:13]

Hello Peter,
Excellent work with amazing results Peter, this image is extremely sharp and the color is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-05 23:57]

Hi Peter

Great isolation of the subject and very good framing too.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-06 1:15]

Hi Peter.
Superb picture of an amazing bird and scene. Simply brilliant reproduction of all terrific details of the bird and top of the tree. Great DOF and details. Stunning colours and very suitable neutral BG. Bravo.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-06 4:29]

Hello Peter, What an eye catch. Glowing eyes and a powerful focus. Ganesh

Hi Peter,

There's something very special about raptors. Beautiful bird with really amazing eyes and well captured as usual. The soft and distant background really allows him to stand out.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-06 6:14]

Fantastic shot Peter, perfect focus and DOF, the soft colours and details are excellent, well done!

Outstanding image of the Goshawk. Beautifully caught, composed, and presented. Excellent. TFS


Ciao Peter,
splendida immagine, eccellente composizione per la posa di questo bellissimo e fiero rapace su uno stupendo OOF BG, ottima definizione, bellissimi i colori.

hello peter,
very nice capture, the hawk looks great in this posture, the composition is good and the details are lovely,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Peter, splendid bird in superb pose with great colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi peter,
What a superb portrait of this cute bird.Very good sharpnessi colours, light and details.TFS.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-10-08 14:28]

I really like the way the colors of the hawk and background work together in this shot. Excellent sharpness. Gary

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-09 0:48]

Hi Peter,
It's a beautiful raptor and you captured it very well. Composition, colors of the plumage and the position of the bird in the frame are very good. TFS
All the best,

Hello Peter,

Excellent picture of this Goshawk! You got a splendid pov in order to have its great surrending in the bg! Colors are excellent within a very good composition. See this look!!! I would not like to be a mouse there!

Good job and TFS!


nice portrait, TFS Ori

Excellent composition. Excellent POV, DOF and focus. Superb detail

Mooi gedaan, Peter.
Prachtig dier. Schitterende achtergrond.
Wat een opportuniteit, zo bovenop die boom. Gelukkig was je er:-).

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