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Accipiter gentilis


This is a medium-large raptor in the Accipitridae family. This female is buzzard size. I particularly like her fierce expression, bright eyes and distinctive white eyebrow.


Spotted in the hillside near Valencia, this female Goshawk is eating a rabbit kill


Uncommon to be able to take such clear photographs as this is a bird of prey that hunts at high speed normally in woodlands

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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Wow! Beautiful bird and great shot. And congrats!

Fantastic spotting Stephen,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Stephen Wain
Stephen Wain a year ago

Thank you all for such kind comments. Really appreciated

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Wow....and congratulations on the SOTD. At the risk of mangling language I have to say...worth a gawk, this goshawk.

Congratulations Stephen, well deserved indeed.

DanielePralong a year ago

That is one spectacular shot Stephen! Your Goshawk is our Spotting of the Day:

"With a fierce expression coming from her bright eyes and her distinctive bold eyebrow stripes, this female Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is our Spotting of the Day! Between her feet are the remains of a rabbit kill. This medium-large raptor in the family Accipitridae is widely distributed in temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere. A powerful and fast hunter of birds and mammals in a variety of woodland habitats, its prey spectrum is broad and varies considerably depending on location. In the Iberian peninsula, where this spotting was made, the native European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is often the goshawk's most numerous prey".



Stephen Wain
Spotted by
Stephen Wain

València, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Dec 3, 2018
Submitted on Dec 26, 2018

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