ID assistance - raptor Uriarra Rd

To: "'Robin Hide'" <>, "'COG line'" <>
Subject: ID assistance - raptor Uriarra Rd
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 13:17:50 +1100

The bird in your photo is most definitely a Brown Falcon. The dark eye
is a quick clue that it is a falcon rather than a harrier etc, beyond
that, the shape of the bird, the scruffy appearance, the pattern on
primaries, the leg length and the pattern on the face (although less
clear than on lighter coloured birds) are all evidence of the ID. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Robin Hide  
Sent: Saturday, 2 January 2010 6:47 PM
To: COG line
Subject: ID assistance - raptor Uriarra Rd

Out on the Uriarra Rd this afternoon just before the left turn down to 
the river park before the crossing there was a raptor on a dead 
tree(attached, poor photo) that has me puzzled. Not seen in flight. A 
harrier?  or??
Grateful for suggestions.
Beyond the crossing we saw a Singing Bushlark, Pipits and I think Rufous

Songlarks. (Many thanks Beth and others for the earlier reporting!)
Returning between the Cotter Pumping Station and Stromlo on a v.winding 
part of the road with motorbikes tailgating and making slowdown or 
stopping difficult, my wife glimpsed another raptor perched on a branch 
to the left of the road- tentatively a Grey Goshawk after consulting 
handbooks/online photos.

Robin Hide

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