Raptor id please

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Subject: Raptor id please
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 08:37:07 +1000

My view: probably  Collared Sparrowhawks  -  note ‘button eyes’ and square tail.  If obviously ‘large’, adult (possibly both) would be female.  Browner bird would be immature.  From ‘mantling’ behaviour, apparently have a prey item on ground; immature probaby at learner stage.


From: Bron King [
Sent: Friday, 12 September 2008 8:07 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Raptor id please


Earlier this week our son Sam walked from Shepherd's Lookout to Uriarra Crossing
adding 3 new species to his young but growing life list.

About 1km from the lookout,  he interrupted 2 raptors apparently having an altercation(??)
It was over the lip of a hill on the ground so the photos leave something to be desired.
Here's a close crop.

If those with an interest in raptors could please take a moment to look here
at the rest of his pictures and help with id & behaviour. He suspects (eyecolour)
Brown Goshawk - we have regular visits in and over our garden by Collared Sparrowhawks and these birds were considerably bigger.
One seems to be an adult but the other has a browner more mottled look.
Thanks .

Bron King (for Sam)

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