More Goshawk vs Sparrowhawk

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Subject: More Goshawk vs Sparrowhawk
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 22:04:49 +1100
Hi All,

continuing on with the Goshawk vs Sparrowhawk discussion, I think I have a male brown goshawk (would be race dimidus) in this shot: <>

Here's another shot showing the head more in profile and cropped in a little: <>

Photo was taken at Mornington Sanctuary in the Kimberley, the bird is a male and not long after this flew off and passed the prey to the female. This was during the Gouldian census, needless to say no finches were seen at this waterhole.

Reasons for thinking goshawk; there is a brow visible, the middle toe is visible and appears to me the same length as the outer toe also visible. A bird was spotted earlier in the same tree and a rounded tail was visible, can't be sure it was the same bird, but seems unlikely a breeding pair would tolerate another raptor so close by. The nest appeared to be built into a mistletoe in a tree about 5-10m behind and higher than this tree. Appreciate any thoughts on my ID thinking.


Chris Ross


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