Pale Chanting Goshawk


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With their long, bright red and scale-covered legs, Pale Chanting Goshawks are experts at snatching reptiles from the sticky refuge of the stunted Karoo shrubs.  On the ground (where these birds spend a lot of their time) Pale Chanting Goshawks resemble miniature Secretary Birds.  I have often seen them, especially young birds, running from bush to bush with tightly folded wings and then dodging (John Cleese-style) after some mouse or lizard.  In the final dash of a running strike they raise their wings above their backs just like Secretary Birds.  Sometimes they just spend ages peering into bushes.  They can keep me in stitches when they behave like this.

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Dimensions26 × 37 cm

Rob Davies

Rob studied art at school to A level and has kept the interest in painting going alongside a career in biology and conservation.  Although he prefers to sketch and paint from life in the field, Rob has been commissioned to do exact bird illustrations for various publications including journals, a monograph on the Black Eagle and a field guide to African birds of prey.

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