Raptor in Richardson Goshawk I think - no

To: "'kym bradley'" <>, <>
Subject: Raptor in Richardson Goshawk I think - no
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:25:32 +1000
Kym sent me a different (slightly better - or easier to see the features) photo. It is a Collared Sparrowhawk. Although I can't get the size (maybe by measuring the thickness of the wire and some mathematics, one could determine this). The photo shows the main features of difference.
Forked tail (clearly not rounded).
The middle toe is close to twice as long as the other toes (not slightly longer).
The brow ridge is hardly noticeable, with bulgy looking eyes.
The beak is fairly small.
One should not be surprised at it in the middle of Richardson, they are common in Canberra suburbs, although I am surprised to see it included on the list of 50 species pre printed on the GBS Chart. Is it really in the top 50 most recorded species? The query to produce and sequence this list, for the last X years, for the purpose of designing the chart, exists under that name in the GBS database, so can be produced instantly.
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From: kym bradley [
Sent: Wednesday, 5 June 2013 4:41 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Raptor in Richardson Goshawk I think

HI All

Just walked out the back and noticed this chap on the wire, ran in grabbed the camera NO card raced in grabbed one , lucky still there, no time for settings just rattled off 

This is in the middle of Richardson so shocked to see it there  in the built up area 

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