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Collared Sparrowhawk

Collared Sparrowhawk (Image ID 45493)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 12th Oct, 2018 and uploaded on Fri 26th Mar, 2021 .
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ID45493
CommentImage specific: The widespread but generally uncommon Collared Sparrowhawk is a small, delicately built hawk that specializes in taking birds the size of a finch, which are mostly caught on the wing during daytime. However, mornings and evenings this raptor might hunt from a perch, seeking to ambush small birds at their roost, as seen here. The species is difficult to tell apart from the Brown Goshawk, but slender, yellow legs and a very long middle toe combined with a tail squared at the tip are among the best indicators; a paltry brow ridge is another tell-tale. Due to its very small size, I’m inclined to think this bird is a male. Time of capture 16:31. (This raptor’s species identity has been verified by BirdLife, thank you.)
EquipmentNikon D3S camera body with Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing Camera Settings: Aperture Priority Exposure Mode at f5 with shutter speed 1/400 sec and EV +0.3; ISO-640. Metering Mode: Matrix; Focus Mode: AF-S; AF Area Mode: Single. VR: On Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files and Tif conversion; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 114% crop, selective sharpening and general post processing including ‘taming’ the background and the manual removing of minor halos; ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data, distribution confirmation and colour checks, BirdLife Australia was consulted for ID.
LocationKelmscott (GPS), Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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