To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Goshawk/Sparrowhawk
From: Adam Spence <>
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2017 12:22:10 +0000
Hi, I too didn’t think the middle toe that long, and the tail looks rounded.

This is a properly processed shot:

On Sat, 4 Nov 2017 at 10:25 pm Philip Veerman <> wrote:

From the photo, I’d say it is a BG. Apart from that behaviour, the rather big beak (although the beak is open which makes it a bit hard to tell), but mainly that the middle toe is not overly long, compared to the other toes. I don’t understand the frame. Were you filming through a window?




From: Adam Spence [
Sent: Saturday, 4 November, 2017 8:58 PM

To: COG List
Subject: [canberrabirds] Goshawk/Sparrowhawk


When the hunter (photographer) becomes the hunted. Followed a call near the northern boundary of the Botanic Gardens. Spotted what I, and another person nearby later, thought was a Collared Sparrowhawk. As I walked further it swooped me twice before retreating to a high branch above the boundary fence. That sort of behaviour makes me think Brown Goshawk nesting instead.


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