Thanks for the suggestions Philip. We have studied heaps of photos and definitely not Kestrel. We met another bird watcher in the woodland who said that there was a Black-shouldered Kite frequently in the
area near the car park. Unfortunately we only saw the front of the perching bird while it ate its mouse. White front with red eyes, yellow cere and legs. Might have to leave it as a doubtful ID.
Susan & Alan
From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Tuesday, 12 May 2020 8:09 PM
To: 'Susan Robertson';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Jerrabomberra Woodland Walk
Black-shouldered Kite will also launch an attack from a perch. Though usually from hovering, as you suggest. Not overly likely to be a Grey Goshawk. Or please
tell us a little more what it looked like. Why not a Kestrel?
From: Susan Robertson [
Sent: Tuesday, 12 May, 2020 4:55 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Jerrabomberra Woodland Walk
This morning our walk on the Woodland Walk had several highlights. The first, near the carpark ,was a small raptor which we saw swoop down from a tall tree and catch a small dark brown mouse which it rapidly ate while perched on a bare
branch. It did not hover (as we would have expected from a Black-shouldered Kite) but swooped straight down which made us wonder if it could have been a Grey Goshawk. All up we saw 25 species with a mixed feeding flock which included 3 thornbill species, a
Grey Fantail, about 20 Red-browed Finches, silvereyes and wrens. The wetland highlights were darters, 4 Australasian Grebes, pelicans and White-faced Herons.
Susan & Alan Robertson