Wednesday Walk raptor IDs

To: "Julian Robinson" <>
Subject: Wednesday Walk raptor IDs
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:01:37 +1000
My email program has refused to open all day so I am replying on the server.

I am guessing that it is the top three photos and on the assumption that
they are all the one bird. I was not there to get an idea of size etc. The
photos 1 & 3 are a bit hard to tell. Surely the one in the middle is of a
Brown Goshawk. The shape in all three photos fits that best. It even shows
the rufous collar. But I wonder why you had not suggested that. The only
one you mention for consideration is Little Eagle but as you correctly say
it is not that.


On yesterday's walk there was some discussion about a couple of our

1.        This bird was seen only in the distance at the first property,
no-one has come up with an ID so any info would be appreciated with the
benefit of some grainy pics.  We generally thought that the tail was too
long for a Little Eagle and the underwing pattern not really similar to
anything really.  The white on what looks like all the primaries was quite
visible, whiter than it appears here.

2.        The two birds we first saw cavorting together at Strike-a-light
were definitely both Brown Falcons, easily seen with benefit of photo
compared with the Goshawk we saw a few minutes later).


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