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Juvenile Shikra

Juvenile Shikra
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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: 2014-08-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-08 12:10
Viewed: 1200
Points: 22
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As far as photography goes, it was a fruitful day for me and for the first time I was able to capture a bird of prey inside the premises of the college. I was told by the watchman of the college about this bird and I was thrilled to spot this beautiful juvenile shikra (Accipiter badius)drinking from one of the earthen pots full of drinking water which I had placed for the birds in various lawns of the college at the onset of summer as we do not have standing water anywhere at the college. These pots are a great support for all the resident and visiting birds of the college and this particular shikra is really enjoying himself at the college, drinking and bathing as he or she pleases. However, I have caught the bird in a Java or Black Plum (Syzygium cumini)tree known popularly as jaman/jamun.It was panting heavily and I knew it would soon head for the earthen pots but I did not have the time to catch him there.....but I soon will.

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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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-08 12:14]

Hello Abid,
Fantastic presentation of this Shikra. Beautiful light, natural colours and excellent sharp detailed. Great timing, POV and composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hallo Abid
What a great capture of this lovely raptor. I especially like the details of the plumage that is so well seen. The stripes in the face and neck, the eye and the black nails on its paws is truly impressive and lovely to look at. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-08 12:25]

Hi Abid,absolutely perfect this capture in a very difficult location and backlight too,you cuaght this young shrika in a very aggressive moment with a great timing,spectacular detail and natural colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Abid, great capture of lovely raptir in nice pose, splendid sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio


Hello Abid sahab!
Hope you are fine and doing well.Nice to see your shot after a long gap. This is a great shot of this beautiful bird of prey in superb clarity and details. You spotted this bird at the right time in an attractive pose. Very good light and a perfectly balanced white on its underparts. It has a typical aggressive look of predators in its eye.Thanks for sharing this fine shot,
Best Regards,

Hello Abid Sahab-Beautiful bird.Well captured.Like its gesture.Nice colour on plumage.Attractive eyes too.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

Namaste Abid

This is a wonderful picture of juvenile Shikra showing its beautiful plummage in detail. Good capture under canopy conditions.


Hi Syed
Beautiful and sharp. The eyes and the sharp claws have been captured brilliantly. In spite of a high ISO of 800, the photo does not show much grains.

Bella foto y gran captura de esta Accipiter badius

Hernán Bortondello

Beautiful photo Abid! Very good composition, nice soft lighting and good sharpness.

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