The Goshawk is a well-built hawk that is widespread but scarce and elusive bird that is usually found in woodlands.
They look like a large Sparrow-hawk, but in fact the female Goshawk is about the size of a Buzzard and the male Goshawk is slightly bigger than a female Sparrowhawk.
Both sexes have close horizontally barred underparts and a broadly barred grey tail. The broad whitish eyebrows (supercilia) and piercing orange eyes make the Goshawk evil-looking. The cere (flesh at the base of the bill) is greenish-yellow and the legs are yellow.
The male (or tercel) is smaller than the female and has a dark patch behind the eye that makes it appear even more fearsome. The female (or falcon) is browner than the male and is the heaviest bird of the genus Accipiter.
The birds eyes were intriguing the bright orange colour begged for attention. the slight catch-light in the eye is from natural light.
The blurred background is actually partially a wall and some ivy growing up it.
A 70-200mm 2.8 lens was used at 2.8 to reduce Depth of Field.
Juveniles are paler and browner, with teardrop marks on its underparts and greenish eyes.
The image was a commission for the raptor’s owner and the finished article was 20 x 30 inch canvas print for the clients wall.
Various images were presented to the client such as the bird in flight and full length portraits, this was the client’s pick.
More Info from the RSPB
An image that appeared on Earth shots A few years ago, This Pheasant’s colours
blended and matched the trees Autumn colours perfectly.
I have seen quite a few sales from this image in magazines and also have had quite a few requests for web use.
The image itself was taken very close to home and I have to admit was a bit of a grab shot. One frame and he was gone.
had he been sat anywhere else on the log I could not have got the colours of the autumnal leaves
appearing in the right places ,which both enhance and match the plumage colours.
The morning light was perfect any harsher and it would have burnt out the bright parts of his feathers.
I have cropped the image to lessen the effect of the log on the photograph but it has more appeal as it is
and most people seem to prefer this way also, fortunately for me.
Maybe others that see this image here would like to leave some feedback if so use
the comment form below. Always good to hear from a wider audience.
This Image of a Gannet was taken at Bempton Cliffs Last year. I had been
photographing Gannets in flight like most of the big lenses there
when I spotted this guy having an argument with another Gannet that had
decided to spend sometime bombing him and pecking his head. this image was taken mid attack and I thought
it looked pretty funky..
Would love to know what he was thinking at this moment in time. maybe he was thinking about re-taliating or how best
to avoid the attacks of his peer.
Bempton cliffs is a wonderful place to see a vast array of wildlife and birds, well worth a visit anytime
of the year.
There is an abundance of butterflies, wild flowers and a fantastic view from the cliff tops. I tend to visit early
morning before most people are out of bed.
This time of year is especially good for visiting and rarely seen birds.
The sunrises can be very dramatic at certain times of the year and the feeling of space is fantastic
and Oh did I mention the wildlife?
This shot of an Eagle Owl in flight was one of the first images to gain me a nomination in the Masters Cup (Color Awards)
This image is 4 years old now but I still love it.
I have made many prints of this and it was also featured in an article in the Yorkshire Dales Magazine.
The image was taken in North Yorkshire with a Sigma 300-800mm lens mounted on a Gimble head
made by Induro Model Number (GHB 2)
mounted on a solid tripod made by the same manufacturer and all three items have served well.
I intend to post more images from my wildlife collection as soon as I get round to re-editing them for the new website Theme which I hope is working well at the moment
The lens is my Sigma 300-800mm lens is the best lens I have used for wildlife photography, even though it is a 5.6 aperture wide open it still feels responsive and the focusing is very quick.
Hope to share more images soon and build up more posts with images worth taking a look at..