There is a considerable size difference between sexes in both the Collared
and the Brown Goshawk, and the large female Sparrowhawk is about the same size
small male Goshawk (this does make life difficult for bird-watchers).
Judging by the very fine slender legs visible on your Blurry Hawk picture, it
Sparrowhawks nested near our place a few years ago - both parents took many
Pigeons and Spotted Doves to feed their young. The large female taught her
pursuit skills by carrying the prey about through the trees, dodging and
the young ones in noisy pursuit. One young male bird was unfortunately killed
collided with a branch. A neighbour brought it for me to see, so I am certain
of the ID.
I was surprised that the small male bird could carry such large prey. He is
the same size as a Spotted Dove. I don't know which is heavier, hawk or dove.
I'm having a hard time ID'ing our local pair of raptors, who appear to be
> nesting and doing `mating' type things like chasing each other at high speed
> around the forest, and making lots of noise (especially her).
> Some may remember this handsome guy:
> off a Baza)
> ...who is obviously a collared sparrowhawk, with the massively long middle
> Well Mr handsome Sparrowhawk has met a huge scarey monster of a woman:
> Blurry picture, you can just make out her feet and toe size:
> Do you think its possible that the collared hawk male fancies a female Brown
> Goshawk?? And will they get married?
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