headless hawk

To: "Canberrabirds " <>
Subject: headless hawk
From: Kevin Windle <>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 02:07:37 +0000

An unusual find at Campbell Park yesterday morning: the remains of a collared sparrowhawk, headless, with most of the body missing (edible flesh apparently eaten down to the spine). Otherwise wings, tail and talons in quite good condition. Rigor mortis had not set in. I took a few photos.


Comparing notes half an hour later with a passing entomologist, I learned that on Saturday she had found and photographed the head – but nothing else. The head was about 100 m. from the remains I found. I wondered what might have been responsible for its demise. A possum? A cat?





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