Falcon attack on Sparrowhawk

To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Falcon attack on Sparrowhawk
From: Alex McLachlan <>
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 19:23:17 +1100
Sitting here in inland Nth Tassie reading this as the plovers got up because the Swampie did it's evening flyby. Thought it might've been one of the Brown Falcons that I saw hit a White (Gos)Hawk perched on the barn roof last trip. Btw Common Myna @ Don River the other day (not sure if that email went through, not much service without Telstra down here). Oh now a Brown Goshawk has got the plovers goin!

Philip Veerman <> wrote:

About an hour ago, having stepped outside for the first time today, I saw a Sparrowhawk (I think an adult male) over my place flying tight circles quite high and getting higher using a lot of energy and slowly going westwards. It had its feet down and probably carrying some small prey. I watched for about a minute. Approximately over Lia Battisson's house or maybe a bit further away, what was clearly Peregrine Falcon (that I had not noticed till then), stooped on it then continued straight down. It appeared to take the Sparrowhawk by surprise as it only did an abrupt change of direction after presumably being hit, but it was so fast, that I don't know. Certainly the shape of both birds changed a lot as their trajectories met. I suspect that the Peregrine probably continued down to catch whatever prey the might have been carrying (if dropped).


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