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Black Sparrowhawk lost battle against Egyptian Geese

Ann Koeslag

The Black Sparrowhawk Project has been running on the Cape Peninsula in the Western Cape for 11 years. The nesting territories are scattered in the pine plantations along the edges of the mountain range, green belts, cemeteries, golf courses, vineyards and large leafy gardens. Since the project started 248 birds have been ringed with unique colour combinations. Fearsome hunters, these birds target mainly doves and pigeons and find rich pickings in the suburbs where many people feed birds....

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