What does one say about a close observation of a Northern Goshawk?

Maybe just, Wow!

We certainly have goshawks, but they are uncommon. I have only seen one (at a considerable distance) once before. This one was found by my daughter. It was unconcerned about the two of us standing beside its tree and clicking.

The goshawk is a forest hawk that is spread across Canada, parts of the U.S., also Europe and Asia, yet the bird is distributed sparsely. Its name implies that it eats geese. Actually, its tastes are broad, essentially eating anything it can catch. 

Here are two views of today’s Northern Goshawk deep in the forests of Kokanee Creek Park.


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12 Responses to Goshawk

  1. Stu & Anne Heard says:

    Great to see! Usually it’s a fleeting glance as it disappears into the woods.

  2. Karen Pidcock says:

    Dirk used to keep an eye out for one, when he was raising chickens! A beautiful bird.

  3. birthe says:

    The chest feathers are amazing. I’ve never been lucky enough to see one.

  4. Tina says:

    My friends call this the “Andy Rooney” hawk because of its white eyebrows.
    We had a goshawk spend the winter at our enclosed chicken pen. On one occasion he attempted to take one of the Banty hens. I was able to separate them, which was quite wonderful in a couple of ways.

    A friend new to birding called them Gosh Hawks. I can see why when looking at the name on the printed page.

    Your photos are perfect. Thank you.

  5. B. says:

    A Grey Eminence.

  6. Helen says:

    All I can say is WOW! so beautiful.

  7. Allan Hobden says:

    GREAT PICS and catch!!!!!!!!!!!!..the chest feathers..whew..

  8. Paul Prappas says:

    Great capture, Alistair.

  9. Jean Simpson says:

    Amazing photos, especially the detail of the breast feathers

  10. Gail Frampton says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! I have never seen one close up! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Father Jim says:

    Admirable photos! Fills the heart with wonder both for the bird and the photographer.

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