Birding opportunities have been limited of late so a calling pair of African Harrier Hawks over the house was welcomed today. I managed to snap a couple of poor images, but it’s clear the bottom bird is a sub-adult.
Below is a closer image of the sub-adult, which I think was doing most of the calling.
African Harrier Hawk is certainly more common in and around Cape Town these days. The Atlas of the Birds of the Southwestern Cape (Hockey et al, 1989) has the following to say about the status of this species:
Uncommon resident. breeding July and August. Confined largely to the mountainous areas of the SW Cape. occuring at low densities throughout the main mountain chains. Immatures occasionally wander to the mountains of the Cape Peninsula.