soaring Goshawk

To: "'Paul Doyle'" <>, <>
Subject: soaring Goshawk
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2020 20:54:24 +1100

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.




From: Birding-Aus [ On Behalf Of Paul Doyle
Sent: Sunday, 8 November, 2020 2:54 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] soaring Goshawk


Hi all,

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 purpose?



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