Hello and our unusual backyard visitor

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Subject: Hello and our unusual backyard visitor
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:40:05 +1100
Yes, excellent photo for such a quick shot, and congratulations for having one 
in your garden. We had one until our neighbour's rabbits had all been eaten. 
This is one of our favourite species to argue about here, and we normally have 
a much blurrier photo to look at. I would have called the chest blotchy, rather 
than striped.

I'm interested to know if we can tell for sure if this isn't a Collared 
Sparrowhawk (CSH). The male Brown Goshawk (BG) and female CSH sizes overlap, so 
the size doesn't help unless it's huge or tiny and you can estimate the length.

The fierce brow indicates BG to me, but sometimes I see a photo that looks 
fierce enough for BG and I'm told it's a CSH, or vice versa. Same for the stout 

We can't see the tip of its tail to see if it's rounded or square. Relative 
middle toes length matters, but some say you need to actually measure it to be 

Welcome to birding-aus, Greg.

Peter Shute

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