I vote for Sparrowhawk based on the square tail in pics 2 and 3.
On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM, Harry Nyström <>wrote:
> Hello from Finland,
> I casually photographed this bird on August 25th, 2012, in Sydney. The bird
> was then soaring high above Centennial Park and our initial thoughts were:
> a Collared Sparrowhawk. I think we never took a very long look at the bird,
> as we didn't have a scope, but our instinctive ID was based on the jizz.
> As my personal experience ranges only to European Accipiter species, I do
> know the difference in the jizz between the local Sparrowhawk and Goshawk.
> But when it comes to the Australian species, I think that the jizz might be
> a little different? But is it?
> In the photos, the bird seems to be a bit more stocky than to what I am
> used to in Sparrowhawks, but on the other hand, I remember that the flight
> seemed more Sparrowhawk-ish. And is that hooded "look" usual to the species
> (whichever it is)?
> Could some of you verify that this was indeed a Collared Sparrowhawk or
> that we were wrong and it is a Brown Goshawk instead?
> Best three of the photos that were taken of the bird (they're a bit small,
> as the bird was very high):
> By the way, we positively identified a couple of Collared Sparrowhawks
> during our trip, but I am still missing the Brown Goshawk -tick altogether.
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