Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Help identify the raptor

My stop at the Melkvlei picnic site at Kgalagadi on my way to Nossob came with a surprise.A raptor landed on top of  a tree very close to me.
I did have much time to reach for my binoculars but managed to take some few photos of it. That was a brief appearance and off it went. I have tried to  identify it through my guide books but I seem not to reach any conclusion. It looks like one of the Goshawks (by the shape of the legs), and a juvenile as well, but I may be wrong. Please help identify it. (Right-click to enlarge the photo)

A brief apperance. Please, help identify.


  1. Immature Pale Chanting Goshawk

  2. Hi Mpho,

    Looks like a juvenile Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk to me.



  3. Hey Mpho, it's a juv. Pale Chanting Goshawk

  4. I think it is an immature Pale-chanting Goshawk, by the leg structure and the barring on the belly. The streaking on the breast will become barring (as seen in adults) and the overall brown appearance will become grey as the bird ages. Nice photo!

  5. Its a imm. Pale Chanting Goshawk. Looks like a male.


  6. Hi everyone,
    Thanx for all the response from within the blog and outside. The final verdict was clear that it was a juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk.
    I will be posting photos of a mature one soon.
    Happy birding