Grey Goshawk

To: "Bill Moorhead" <>
Subject: Grey Goshawk
From: "sonnenburg" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 21:52:19 +1000
Hi Bill and BA'ers
Had similar views of a grey phase Grey Goshawk recently towards Goomburra SF in SE Q'ld.  It actually perched about 20 metres from us giving us great views through the binos.  Another birding trip two weeks ago also yielded good BOP's.  We went towards Warwick and saw plenty of Nankeen Kestrels and Black-shouldered Kites as we got towards Cunningham's Gap.  Just over the range we saw a pair of Wedgies soaring magnificently above us for about 15 minutes.  As we headed north-east towards Billy Jolly territory, we had a Brown Falcon sitting on roadside powerlines - did not fly even when we stopped.  Near Jahnke's Lagoon it was overload for our English guest.  A few Whistling Kites then a Spotted Harrier doing the usual harriering about 2 metres above the ground.  As we drove a few 100 metres down the road we saw an Australian Hobby on the wires so did a U-turn for a better look.  Just past the Hobby circling around was a Black Falcon, a nice way to finish the day's raptors off. 
I can't boast a Grey Gossie at home here in suburban Nundah in Brisbane but have had an immature Brown Gossie the last couple of days.
This afternoon about 3.30pm we had about 50 Rainbow Bee-eaters circling overhead but heading generally south, not north to the Tropics.
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