You knew at once, didn’t you, that this was a female Amur falcon? Of course you did.
Well, I didn’t, and though I paged up and down and sideways through Roberts and the SASOL guide I couldn’t figure it out. Until, of course, I posted the image on the SA Birdlife Facebook Group page, with a cry for help, and with minutes had my answer, from some far more knowledgeable soul who took pity on my ignorance.
It is, as above, a falcon, female, which I spotted on the fence just past the Visitor’s Centre, as we entered the Marievale wetland.
A good start, auspicious, to a perfect day.
And I rather liked the composition, too.
Nikon D500, Nikon 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Colour Efex Pro.