ANBG Sunday

To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: ANBG Sunday
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 15:49:52 -0700 (PDT)
I had a brief glimpse of a raptor at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, but unfortunately I didn't have my binoculars with me to get a better ID; I'd actually gone to the gardens to try out a macro flash. At first it was sitting high in a gum tree in the picnic area just near the new central Australian garden, calling loudly. It then flew off toward Black Mountain, and called again in the distance. It reminded me of a Grey Goshawk, which I've seen years ago in southern Queensland. It seemed to have quite a long tail and pointed wingtips. Have Grey Goshawks been seen in the ANBG?

I also got to watch an Eastern Spinebill happily feeding no more than a metre from me. There were lots of Crimson Rosellas, King Parrots, Gang gangs, at least one Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, Red Wattlebirds, Currawongs, Magpies, Superb Fairy Wrens and White Browed Scrubwrens.
Rob Geraghty

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