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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-14
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-04-16 11:38
Viewed: 970
Points: 12
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Yes, I am back after a long, long break.'April with its showers sweet....'the first line of G.Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales says a lot about the wonderful month of April which is quite ideal in England but considerably hot here in India and Pakistan.It is the time when a lot of birds are busy in courtship display and busy nesting.For the second year running I am spotting shikras in my college and this time we had a mature pair, no juveniles. This is the nesting month for the shikra family as well. I'll glad if the pair nests in my college but due to the presence of students this seems highly unlikely.I was thrilled to take a number of decent shots with my poor Sony camera and this one seemed quite acceptable so here it is.The bird is perched in a shisham tree/Indian Rosewood quite typical of hawks which prefer greener thick foliage to hide from crows and other smaller birds which become apprehensive of their domineering presence.Hope friends would like this mean effort.Thanks a lot for having a look.

Here is Wikipedia:

The shikra (Accipiter badius) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae found widely distributed in Asia and Africa where it is also called the little banded goshawk. The African forms may represent a separate species but have usually been considered as subspecies of the shikra. The shikra is very similar in appearance to other sparrowhawk species including the Chinese goshawk and Eurasian sparrowhawk. They have a sharp two note call and have the typical flap and glide flight. Their calls are imitated by drongos and the common hawk-cuckoo resembles it in plumage.

The shikra is a small raptor (26–30 cm long) and like most other Accipiter hawks, this species has short rounded wings and a narrow and somewhat long tail. Adults are whitish on the underside with fine rufous bars while the upperparts are grey. The lower belly is less barred and the thighs are whitish. Males have a red iris while the females have a less red (yellowish orange) iris and brownish upperparts apart from heavier barring on the underparts. The females are slightly larger. The mesial stripe on the throat is dark but narrow. In flight the male seen from below shows a light wing lining (underwing coverts) and has blackish wing tips. When seen from above the tail bands are faintly marked on the lateral tail feathers and not as strongly marked as in the Eurasian sparrowhawk. The central tail feathers are unbanded and only have a dark terminal band.[2] Juveniles have dark streaks and spots on the upper breast and the wing is narrowly barred while the tail has dark but narrow bands. A post juvenile transitional plumage is found with very strong barring on the contour feathers of the underside.[3] The call is pee-wee, the first note being higher and the second being longer. In flight the calls are shorter and sharper kik-ki ... kik-ki. The Chinese sparrowhawk is somewhat similar in appearance but has swollen bright orange ceres and yellow legs with the wing tips entirely black.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-04-16 14:34]

Hi Abid,welcome back with this very interesting specie,an excellent capture despite the distance and the terrible backlight,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-04-16 18:42]

Hello Abid,
A great shot of this beautiful bird of prey. It has a rather curious look on it's face, as if it has found something interesting just out of the cameras field of view. I like the grizzled barring on it's breast and sleek body features. Nice exposure against a bright light gray sky, which is not easy to achieve. Colors are true and natural and subject is sharply focused. Well done!!

Bonjour Abid,
La publication me semble manqué d'un peu de lumière et c'est dommage car le sujet est relativement bien valorisé dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Abid,
As usual a perfect shot with excellent details and WB. Another interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. The photographers note are useful. Lovely composition. The details are excellent despite the low light under the branches....
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Abid Sahab,

Very difficult location, but the way you have managed is really nice. Good focus and natural color. BG shows harsh light which we are facing now in Kolkata too.
Thanks for sharing
Regards and have a nice WE,

Hi Abid,
A well composed photo with good DOF and colours. The light is good though the bird appears to be in the shadow.

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