Unidentified Raptor

To: 'Steve Read' <>, 'Daniel Montes' <>, "" <>
Subject: Unidentified Raptor
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2020 11:06:34 +0000



Did you miss my response? Sun 19-Apr-20 4:43 PM


Hi Daniel,


That is an interesting one and good to get a photo. And none too common. I believe it is a grey morph Grey Goshawk. Doesn’t really fit anything else. Its shape rules out anything else that would be so pale.  Interesting because of the white ones around. Unless it is a white morph Grey Goshawk that by some aspect of lighting, looks a little darker on the wing tips. As you were there, was it pure white or partly grey, like it appears to be?







From: Steve Read [
Sent: Sunday, 19 April, 2020 8:31 PM
To: 'Daniel Montes';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Unidentified Raptor


Hi David


In the absence of any other suggestions sent to the chatline, might I venture that since the shape of your raptor resembles that of a goshawk (broad wings, small head, rounded tail), and the colour really is too pale for a Brown Goshawk, that only leaves white-morph Grey Goshawk. I have seen that species soar at times.


What do others think?





From: Daniel Montes <>
Sent: Sunday, 19 April 2020 4:20 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Unidentified Raptor


Yesterday I went to Jerrabomberra Wetlands.


I came since I wanted to see what Kellys Swamp looked like since the last time I came here which was December it was drought.


I was surprised to see the Swamp covered in weeds instead of water which I thought it would be.


The main reason why I'm writing this is because I saw a raptor high up in the sky where there were Swallows mobbing it or staying away from it.


I couldn't ID the bird, so I'm asking if anyone may know what it is.


Here are the links to the photos:




Regards, Daniel 



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