raptor id

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Subject: raptor id
From: Megan Mears <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:00:32 +1100

I am not too great on raptor id and rarely see them. This one was on lower Mt Majura this morning. I guess it is a Collared Sparrowhawk or else a Brown Goshawk. Can anyone tell from my photo? The bird was right in front of the sun so I have done my best to pull shadows back and make the markings as clear as possible. 

The bird was silent. It was smaller than I expected for a raptor - about magpie size but sleeker and maybe smaller.  It wasn't too keen on me. It was seen about 10:15am and it headed towards the mountain not the city direction.

I will keep the photo up a while but am just posting it temporarily to see if you can help me with id.

Thanks a lot,


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