Can’t know what is in a bird’s thoughts but an easy
answer is – and following on your idea of “ feed chicks” is
that the nest was not close, and it was soaring to gain height to make it easy
to travel the - not close - distance to the nest. Or another obvious suggestion,
given you describe Noisy Miners making a fuss, is to get away from them.
[ On Behalf Of Paul Doyle
Sent: Sunday, 8 November, 2020 2:54 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] soaring Goshawk
The Noisy Miners at my place (Como, on the Woronora River,
South of Sydney) just drew my attention to a Brown Goshawk, probably
female based on size, circling above.
I realised it was carrying what I assume to be prey: looked
like a small bird, but hard to get a good view.
I was surprised to see the Goshawk then proceed to spiral
upwards, soaring to a great height, still with the prey, before eventually
disappearing from view over the trees.
I would have assumed that once a prey item was secured they
would retreat somewhere to eat or feed chicks.
Any ideas what it may have been dooring, or for what