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Juvenile Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
Central Indiana 2011 Spring Birds Series
One of the big draws for birders in the area recently has been the presence of an adult and a juvenile Northern Goshawk at Eagle Creek Park. On this bright and sunny morning, I went to the area where the hawk had been seen, but instead of standing around with the other birders near the parking lot, I decided to hike around the pond and try to get a better look at some ducks. As luck would have it, a large hawk flew over me and perched in a tree with the sun behind it. I got some backlit shots of the front of the bird, then it flushed and flew to another tree, this time with the sun behind me.
The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) is our largest Accipiter, and is not normally seen here. They reside year-round in northern Canada, and are generally not migratory, but will sometimes move south during the winter. Apparently, the Northern Goshawk is threatened in the western parts of its range, historically due to logging, but numbers might be increasing in the east as a result of maturing forests.
I decided to interrupt my Florida spring break series and post images of some of the birds being seeing here in central Indiana as spring activity starts to pick up. I have created a new gallery on my smugmug homepage to feature birds in the season they are seen. For my latest bird photos, go to the web galleries link below in the profile section to see a slideshow from this gallery.
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