Goshawks ga­lore

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My mom and I re­cently took up bird­watch­ing. While we were in the Kgala­gadi Trans­fron­tier Park dur­ing the July hol­i­day, we pur­sued our hobby in earnest. My dad and sis­ter tried their best to be pa­tient, even though birds don’t in­ter­est them. On the first day we saw a great num­ber of pale chant­ing goshawks along the road be­tween Twee Rivieren and Nos­sob. We later de­cided to keep count – from that point un­til we ex­ited the park via Twee Rivieren. By the end of the hol­i­day, my sis­ter couldn’t stand the words “pale chant­ing” any more. We counted 64 birds in to­tal, not count­ing the ones from the first day. This par­tic­u­lar sight­ing was spe­cial be­cause the goshawk had just caught a ground squir­rel. ANDRI OOSTHUIZEN, Au­gra­bies

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