Fwd: FW: collared sparrow hawk at Yarralumla

To: Matthew Willis <>
Subject: Fwd: FW: collared sparrow hawk at Yarralumla
From: David Churches <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:51:06 +1100
Thankyou for posting - I was there this evening and not only did we find the Collared Sparrowhawk, we saw its mate pass prey in the air.  It was too high up in the pines to identify the prey, but a small bird of some sort.



On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM, Matthew Willis <> wrote:

Thanks so much,  Alison.

Being a newbie I was keen to photograph my first sparrowhawk, so stopped of there on the way to work this morning.  A Collared Sparrowhawk dutifully appeared.  I also enjoyed watching some Choughs collecting materials and building a nest (on the opposite side of the track;  as you stand where the jumps are, it is directly to the left add you are looking up the hill,  high up in a pine tree - there are Choughs constantly coming and going making it easy to find).


On 18/12/2014 5:57 PM, "Julie Clark" <> wrote:
​​​​ Forwarded for Alison Turner ....


To those of you for whom a collared sparrow hawk is still a find – there is one ( of a pair I think ) on stirling ridge that has been reliably there for the last couple of weeks . So far my strike rate is 100% and I am a novice ! . Go up Hopetoun circuit from the lake and park in the small area of dirt on the left before you reach Fitzgerald street .  From the dirt area there is a small path that goes to the left and up the ridge . Follow it for about 100 – 200 m , stepping over a couple of logs and you will reach a small area where kids have made bike jumps in the path . If you stand there and look to you right and up a bit there is a stand of about 20 pine trees . Usually one of the birds is perched on a branch that is protruding – it does take a bit of looking as they are about magpie size at best and more camouflaged. If you wait a while they will often swoop another bird and change trees, with a very characteristic , almost raven like squawk  to my untrained ear . Take garters if you want to get a decent picture as you will need to walk over matted grass


Alison Turner




David Churches
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