Red Goshawk harrassment

To: 'Denise Goodfellow' <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Red Goshawk harrassment
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:24:50 +1000
Climbing the tree doesn't sound like normal birder bad behaviour. That sounds 
more like an egg collector.

Peter Shute

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>Subject: [Birding-Aus] Red Goshawk harrassment
>While in Mataranka recently I heard about the behaviour of some birders
>towards the Red Goshawk near Bitter Springs.  Some had climbed the fence
>into private property and one, according to the proprietor of the nearby
>caravan park , had even climbed the tree in which the bird nested.
>Several other birders (thirty or forty according to the proprietor) had
>camped outside their property opposite the nesting tree.
>That year, according to the proprietor, the birds didn't raise any
>Some years ago I warned birders of the ramifications of bad behaviour re
>entry to the Leanyer Sewage Ponds.  The result was that access to the
>was tightened considerably.
>The goshawks have now shifted their nest well away from the road.  If
>shift it again then the bird may well be out of sight of visiting
>and they'll be dependent on the goodwill of the owner of that property
>let them in.  I think that reserve of goodwill may be wearing thin.
>Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
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