FWD: Falcon ID question

To: Russell Woodford <>
Subject: FWD: Falcon ID question
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 05:40:20 +1000
Hi Jen,

Sounds more like a hawk, possibly Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Goshawk or
even Grey Goshawk if you live near Young's Crossing (though the latter
shouldn't have rufous but possibly some brown if a young bird.)



On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 10:42 PM, Russell Woodford

> From: Jennifer Smith <>
> Date: 25 November 2009 6:47:03 PM
> Subject: FW: ? Peregrine Falcon? or Hobby? or Kestrel?
> Hi,
> Is this the place to ask an identification question?  Please?  If so,....
> This afternoon about an hour ago, I was just taking the dog for a walk
> around the block in Lawnton, Queensland and disturbed a falcon with a meal
> of Little Friarbird.  My first thought was that it was a peregrine but
> remembered they have mottling which this one didn't, or not that I could
> see.  The wings and hood were a beautiful smooth pale grey, and rest was a
> pretty smooth pale rufous.  I was looking at it from it's side as it was
> standing on the ground over its prey.  It's yellow eye-ring and cere were
> very distinctive as it fervently watched me.  It seemed really small, about
> the size of a spotted turtle-dove.
> One never has a mobile phone on board, let alone a camera at these times.
> Would it have been a peregrine?
> Regards,
> Jennifer
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