Brad Douglas Photography | Birds | Accipiter novaehollandiae
Taken 29-Jan-17
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Keywords:Accipiter novaehollandiae, Grey Goshawk, australia, bird of prey, wildlife
Photo Info

Dimensions2371 x 3556
Original file size1.5 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken29-Jan-17 16:05
Date modified18-Feb-17 09:35
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 7D Mark II
Focal length600 mm
Max lens aperturef/6.2
Exposure1/800 at f/7.1
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modePattern
Accipiter novaehollandiae

Accipiter novaehollandiae

Accipiter novaehollandiae (Grey Goshawk)

IUCN Status: Least Concern

I first came across this bird when I was out for a walk not too far from where we live and I heard an unfamiliar bird call and immediately became excited. I had a hunch that it was a bird of prey, and that’s always going to put a spring in the step of a bird photographer. I could only make it out as a large white bird and knew it wasn’t a cockatoo, so I had a fair idea that it was a grey goshawk. I played grey goshawk calls back from my phone and confirmed my hunch. To my surprise if immediately took to the air looking for a competitor. In spite of numerous fly overs I was unable to secure a decent shot. I was able to come up with a plan for the next time though.

There is a step hill near to the forest I’d first heard it in, with a road at the top. I thought that if the bird would respond in a similar way when I played from a high spot, it would have to fly up the hill to investigate and by more likely to perch closer to eye level so I could get a more pleasing composition. So I waited until the sun would be at my back, and as you can tell, it worked out nicely.

I’ve been told there’s a pair that lives in the area, and a am encouraged the lovely people around appreciate having such amazing birds hanging around their homes.