On a game drive, in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, André and Annette Ligthelm came across an injured puff adder lying in the road. The scene soon changed with the arrival of two hungry goshawks.

During our visit to the Kgalagadi in May 2012, we came across a puff adder that was injured on the road between Mata Mata and the Sitsas waterhole. Shortly after our arrival, two juvenile pale chanting goshawks arrived on the scene. Initially they were frightened by the movement of the snake but started attacking it after a few minutes.The snake was killed after approximately 10 minutes. One of the birds flew away with the snake and started eating it in a dense patch of grass. This unfortunately eliminated any further photographic opportunities!

KgalagadiGoshawks1-Andre Ligthelm-Aug 2012

KgalagadiGoshawks2-Andre Ligthelm-Aug 2012

KgalagadiGoshawks3-Andre Ligthelm-Aug 2012

KgalagadiGoshawks4-Andre Ligthelm-Aug 2012

KgalagadiGoshawks5-Andre Ligthelm-Aug 2012

KgalagadiGoshawks6-Andre Ligthelm-Aug 2012

Camera specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
  • Lightening mode: Av
  • Speed: 1/800
  • Lens opening: f11
  • ISO:400
  • Compensation: -1/3
  • Metering mode: Evaluative metering