Can anyone help identify this bird?

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Subject: Can anyone help identify this bird?
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:30:14 +0000

If it took off with the whole bird I would suggest a Brown Goshawk.


On 21/08/2019 7:08 pm, Chris Liddiard wrote:
Thanks Lachlan and Shorty for your replies. 

I couldn’t get a proper camera out fast enough to capture a good image of the bird and I wasn’t able to get a higher res image through the email. The bird was only there for a short time before it must have noticed movement inside through the window and then it took off with the whole bird. Amazing that it can carry something as large as itself from the ground. 

It was certainly a surprise and not something one expects to see in a suburban Tuggeranong back yard! 

I’ll have to go check out more pics of a brown goshawk now :)


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On 21 Aug 2019, at 6:59 pm, shorty <> wrote:

Hard to be sure from the pic but it is either a Brown Goshawk or Collared Sparrowhawk, i favour Sparrowhawk.


On Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 6:51 PM Chris Liddiard <> wrote:
Hello birding community
I am pretty new to this forum so not sure if the protocol for asking questions but here it goes...
Last Friday I noticed this small bird of prey in my garden as it was plucking a pigeon. I couldn’t see anything in my bird books that look like this. The closest I got was Australian Hobby it a Brown Falcon. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance

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