Well, now I am anxious to see the photos. But my memory tells me that the
bands on the underpart of this bird were barred rufous and dark brown, not
rufous and white. I also remember darker patches around the eyes. I will
send you a photo when I manage to obtain one so you can compare them for
> Upon hearing you description of the bird, the only answer (other than a
> very out of place Rufous Owl) I could come up with was Brown Goshawk.
> These birds are quite large, easily big enough to takle and eat a
> Magpie, females are considerably larger than males.
> Adults have conspicuous orange/rufous horizontal banding down their
> Unlike their name suggests, they are not brown, rather grey with rufous
> and white banding on their underside.
> They have bright yellow legs and yellow eyes, and when their necks are
> tucked in they can appear quite Owl-like in their appearance (especially
> front on).
> They are also naturally found in the south-west of WA.
> Attatched are links to photos of a Brown Goshawk
> I hope this has helped with your inquiry.
> Kurtis Lindsay
> (p.s) Birding is a great past time which involves many different
> activities, one is problem solving! I hope you enjoy birding and get as
> much out of it as I have.