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|Ovambo Sparrowhawk - Accipiter ovampensis.|
Fairly Common resident. Adults identified by grey barring on underparts extending to throat, cere yellow, orange or red, legs yellow or red. In flight shows pale central tail feather-shafts, small white rump patch variable, often absent. Call a slowly repeated 'kiep, kiep, kipe ...' or 'wo-wo-wo..' rising in scale.
Sparsely distributed in thornveld and broad leafed wood land or in the highveld, in stands of eucalyptus or poplars where it is the most common small Accipiter.
Florence Bloom (Delta Park)Bird Sanctuary in Johannesburg, South Africa, he/she was busy chasing away parrots and louries until the grey louries fought back in a large group!
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This is another nice shot of the Ovambo Sparrowhawk. The light on the head is as great enhancement as it shows the face well. A bit closer would have been nice to give better detail of the plumage, but I know it is often not possible. The diagonal is again a nice effect as it give the image some charachter. The dark blue clear background has allowed for the eye to fall directly on the Sparrowhawk and its perch without any distractions. Nicely done. Thanks