Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Goshawk juvenile female Peak District

A recently fledged juvenile female Goshawk watches me warily from high in a Larch tree in the Peak District. 
One of Derbyshire's rarest breeding birds, only 11 nest sites were known to be occupied in 2013 according to the most recent Derbyshire Bird Report. Human persecution has been a factor in the population decline in its former stronghold in Upper Derwentdale where none were known to breed in 2013.
The combination of its rarity and reclusive habits makes the Goshawk one of the most difficult species to observe, despite its size, and these factors along with its striking plumage and late winter aerial displays make this one of the most iconic birds of our area.
Northern Goshawk - juvenile female

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