My son and I were heading north along the parkway this evening, doing about
75kmh, just near the arboretum, when we saw a Grey Goshawk sitting on a light
pole over the road. We roared to a halt as quickly and safely as we could, at
the exit lane that leads down to the arboretum entrance. The bird was on the
third pole back from where we stopped, more than 100m back. The traffic was
quite heavy, making it dangerous to reverse back, or even get out and walk
back. So we let it be and headed home.
We were actually on our way home from Eden, where we had ventured out on the
COG pelagic trip on Sunday. That was a fabulous day out, with Julian Teh
expertly leading the trip. It was my son’s first pelagic trip, so he picked up
14 new species.
Also on the way home we got spectacular views of a Spotted Harrier, just five
kilometres east of Cooma. It was sitting on a fence post on the south side of
the road. With no traffic, we easily slowed down, turned around and drove back.
We watched it from the other side of the road for a few minutes, then it opened
its wings and lifted off in the stiff breeze moving thirty metres into the
paddock where it sat and looked around. We took off too because that wind was
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