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Accipiter gentilis


Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) killing Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Zoo Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany. THIS IS A WILDLIFE SHOT! It was taken in the Zoo aera, but they are not captive animals!! Nothing for sentimental minds!!


In the thick of the crowd a juvenile goshawk, due to size probably a female, hunted for a grey heron. A heron seemed to be a little bit out of the league of a goshawk! From about 15 m both dropped down. The rest is pure nature and pure brutality and bloodiness!!! So, please, be aware of this!

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bayucca 9 years ago

Thanks, Siggy! I was very surprised myself first by the noise these birds crashing through the whole tree to the floor and then seeing who these two guys actually were!

SG in CR
SG in CR 9 years ago

Wow, great set of images. I would have never expected a large heron to become the hunted by another bird.

bayucca 10 years ago

Tja, that's life! Thanks, Stefania.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 11 years ago

beautiful picture... :-*

bayucca 11 years ago

Thanks Emily!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

AMAZING SHOTS! I've never seen a goshawk. They really do look like giant Cooper's Hawks! What an amazing series, thanks for sharing!

bayucca 11 years ago

Thanks Joshua!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

SIIIIIIIICK!! i like that second pic. he's all "what the?!"

bayucca 11 years ago

Thanks Willie, yes the result is indeed the same, poor heron...

williefromwi 11 years ago

Fantastic series it is very much like one of mine, different bird of prey and different victim, but same results, and same spectacular images.

LeanneGardner 11 years ago


chebeague7 11 years ago

Same Karen... Great series

AneeshJain 11 years ago

Nature in its raw form! Great series!

bayucca 11 years ago

For me they are OK, but it was little bit tricky to upload them, had to re-load and arrange them several times.

KarenL 11 years ago

Lovely series Dominik!
The first & last photos aren't showing for me so can you check to see if they are appearing for you & if not reload them?

bayucca 11 years ago

Thanks folks!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 11 years ago

Great pictures bayucca!

Jeannette 11 years ago

Great series, like #2 :)

BrandonBlount 11 years ago

Great Series! Must have been amazing to see! We are all aware that nature is brutal, however you are right, some should be aware that the depiction of events is true to nature and it's course. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany

Spotted on Aug 30, 2010
Submitted on May 13, 2012

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