Bat Eater

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5 years 4 months ago #74446 by Margaret
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Last year I posted a picture of an African Goshawk on top of the bat boxes in Ngwenya. It seems that at least one of the local Goshawks has learned to hunt the bats as they leave the boxes in the evening.

I was told by a young boy that there was a raptor catching bats. I was keen to see what rapter it was, as I thought I would see my first Bat Hawk. But, it was a Goshawk.

I tried to photograpgh it on 4 occassions, and was lucky to get one picture. Although I thought this was a rare occurance, I read that these Goshawks do hunt bats.

Hope you enjoy the picture. Michael
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5 years 4 months ago #74449 by mdelport
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That Goshawk has been hunting bats at Ngwenya for a few years now. I see it every time I go there, and while I've got countless photos of it I've never managed to get a shot of it actually catching a bat, so well done!

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5 years 4 months ago #74450 by Margaret
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I will be the first to admit is was pure luck. It missed the first bat it chased and came back for a second try. The bird was in the corner of the picture (so an almost miss).

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5 years 4 months ago #74452 by Ian_H
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luck or not good capture!! <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->

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5 years 4 months ago #74460 by gordon
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Great capture Michael, well done!! <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: --> <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

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5 years 4 months ago #74584 by mossie
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Great capture! <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

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