Collared Sparrowhawk (?) taking (immature) Crimson Rosella is a Brown Go

To: "'Robin Hide'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Collared Sparrowhawk (?) taking (immature) Crimson Rosella is a Brown Goshawk
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:26:32 +1100
Hi Robin,
Actually this one is a young Brown Goshawk:
The available clues point to that: Size relative to the dead Crimson Rosella, too big for a CS, without attempting to measure size relative to the rosella, it is probably a female, sturdy looking toes with middle toe close to same length as outer toe, big beak relative to head (CS normally has smaller looking beak), obvious brow ridge although one could still say it "stares" on that picture, sub-adult plumage stage that occurs in BG.
You were probably lucky to even get that photo.
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From: Robin Hide [
Sent: Wednesday, 15 February 2012 1:05 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Collared Sparrowhawk (?) taking (immature) Crimson Rosella

I was working on a watertank in my backyard (Toms Crescent, Ainslie) just after noon when a raptor (brown blur out of the corner of my eye) swooped past below me in my neighbours yard.
I walked round into Hargraves Crescent, and just above my head saw hawk about to eat lunch.  It flew off with prey when it noticed me.
A Collared Sparrowhawk? (corrections please) - no time to fully see finger length.
Robin Hide

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