Brown Goshawk or was it?

Subject: Brown Goshawk or was it?
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2003 20:03:20 +1000
As I was driving into my driveway in Helensburgh (south of Royal NP)
tonight, about 4:30 pm and getting dark, I spotted a raptor in the
headlights and it flew off with a Currawong in it's talns and landed at
the top of the drive.  (the drive is tree lined 70 m long and quite
steep).  It stayed till there as I drove up the drive then stopped. 
After running inside to grab binos, I spotted it the bush then it flew
again and I got the binos onto it once it landed.  It was clearly either
a Brown Goshawk or a Collared sparrowhawk.  It easily lifted the
currawong off the ground and was being followed by other currawongs
calling loudly.  The currawong did not look overly large in its talons
an I would guess perched it looked currawong sized or slightly larger.

Talking to my neighbour he said he saw a hawk drop vertically onto the
drivway a few days ago and nab a myna.  

Any ideas on whether this is likely to be a Brown Goshawk or a Collared
sparrowhawk?  Or suggestions on the best way to tell them apart if I
spot it again?


Chris Ross

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