Some lovely hawk shots.

Come and see the mom, youngster and dad in action.
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Dad at the top, youngster in the middle and mom at the bottom.

Oh yes, they were very high up, but the two white lines in their tails told me that they are the famous African Harrier Hawks (Polyboroides typus), previously known as the Gymnogene. A sure problem for our small wild birds if the hawk population grows as the hawks are expert nest raiders.

Expert flyers as they soared on the wind thermals, searching for prey.
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We frequently encounter the African Harrier-Hawks, mostly singular as it is rare to see them as a family together.
Nature is a wonderful place to catch them on camera if the weather and wind play the game. I was lucky to get them, and you saw how good they look in the sky. We have some severe weather situations here lately at the onset of Winter, and the birds need to strengthen their youngsters in order to survive during the Winter period. So anything goes, as they desperately search for prey.
I will continue to come back to this spot to watch the progress of the youngster.

And That's All Friends.

Photos by Zac Smith-All Rights Reserved.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX70HS Bridge camera.

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You post a bit about birds - is twitching a big hobby for you? My wife and I are trying to get a bit more into it - we love birds, and I have the added incentive to learn about them for my work!

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I post a bit about everything, as I am a nature junky my friend.
Thankfully the more that one takes photos in nature, the more one learns about the subjects and their forms and a more hectic bond is formed in the process. Many surprises await as Mother nature has many secrets in her cupboards.

The Sasol "Birds of Southern Africa" book would be a great aid if you guys are interested in our birds.

I see that you are into Renewable Energy Development and has this given you the birding incentive?

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I think we have a version of the Sasol Bird Book, and my parents have the Roberts one at their holiday house on the garden route where we can really relax and enjoy the birds... I should get the app as I think you can then check their calls/song as well to help be sure of your identification!

Correct - Renewable Energy Development, which is definitely trying to improve the environment in general, but we must still be sure to place wind turbines far enough away from areas with a high activity of birds that are prone to collisions, especially vultures and large eagles! Other birds like cranes and bustards are more prone to collisions with powerlines. We therefore commission bird monitoring studies, and I need to know enough to appreciate what the resulting reports tell me. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DFFE) will look for comments from Birdlife SA when considering to approve the Environmental Authorization, and Birdlife SA has managed to successfully appeal a wind farm EA in the past (luckily not one of ours - we try to comply with the recommended guidelines!).

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Great that you have the books and yes, the app is very good.

Right, I worked on the powerline towers and had to also clear the tops of big dead raptors. I know that a concern was the windmill blades and yes they can create havoc in areas where there is much birdlife.
I am a member of the Photographic Society of SA and was invited to join the local bird club, but I am not fond of meetings and groups of people on walks, as I prefer to do my own thing.

Happy to see that you have both the DFFE and Birdlife SA as advisors as then you will do well.
Windfarms are the future methinks.

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Nice shot friend . It's so amazing

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They are magnificent :) I just hope they won't fly over your garden though!

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Thank you and oh yes they do. I posted last week about one that was sitting in a tree right here.

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great, it is always a pleasure to see them. I am always excited when I see a bird of prey.

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Same here my friend and although I have many raptor photos, they still excite me when I see one or the other in flight.

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