Harsh reality

Subject: Harsh reality
From: Steve Clark <>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 07:48:02 +1000
G'day all

I spent an hour wandering through my favourite patch of the Grampians (sw Victoria) this morning. Lots of the regular birds around. At one point I had the binoculars on a Thornbill perched on a branch of a dead smal tree maybe 2-3 m from the ground. Just as I decided it was a Buff-rumped a Collared Sparrowhawk flew in, grabbed the Thornbill and flew off. Only after the event did the other birds in the area put up an alarm.

I've not often seen a kill before. The sparrowhawk was tiny so I guess a male, totally silent and so quick.


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic (recently revised with updated news, a Townsville trip report and some photos)

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