Grey Goshawk

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Subject: Grey Goshawk
From: Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2023 11:55:12 +0000
Hi folks

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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