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Gymnogene

By Gray_ina
Thank you for your votes and kind comments on my previous upload,this is a capture at quite a distance, a gymnogene is an african harrier hawk. This bird can reach into nest and turn its foot like a grab on a crane ive watched it being dive bombed by starlings in an attempt to stop it with no avail, They have a small head, and large floppy wings, and a lazy manner of flight,

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: WindowonWildlife, Maiwand, teocali and 11 more


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Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
20 Nov 2011 10:36PM
Great capture Graham. Never seen or heard of one before. Most unusual.
Ron

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teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
20 Nov 2011 10:39PM
Very unusual and a great capture, Graham - see what you mean about a lazy manner of flight - fascinating.
Sylvia
Gezina 9 3 6 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2011 10:47PM
The wing shape reminds me of a fighter plane - well timed inflight shot. Considering we saw it flying towards us and we both leant out the window either side of the car trying to get our shot - I'm amazed that we got some to upload - well done on this one - Ina
Ray42 8 3 England
20 Nov 2011 10:50PM
A good in-flight capture Gray - an interesting bird and a good narrative - still swinging that 150-500mm around I see
20 Nov 2011 11:19PM
Great inflight capture. Like those wings..........Sandy
HP1485 9 5 England
21 Nov 2011 12:06AM
Lovely angle for your shot. Thank you for sharing.
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
21 Nov 2011 1:24AM
Don't see many of these in the wilds of Somerset Gray........LOL

Ade Wink
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
21 Nov 2011 6:32AM
Very well captured, Gray, sounds a rather mean bird Sad Carol
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
21 Nov 2011 3:08PM
Hi Gray
Same as others did not know this bird, excellent inflight capture mate!

Regards

Trev.
23 Nov 2011 8:26PM
Surprised at the response to this bird, as we have only had 2 sightings in 20 odd visits to the kruger, this being the only one out in the open to capture this equates to over 50,000 kilometers of driving and looking a bird not really special to look at but amazing in its abilityto almost dislocate and turn its leg and foot to rob nests. definitely not a run of the mill bird gray.
User_Removed 6 34 4 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2011 8:37PM
I have never heard of one of these, I love the way you have got the primaries all in focus.

Luke
24 Nov 2011 8:19AM
I now know that these birds do actually dislocate the leg at the knee, amazing.

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