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Accipiter fasciatus

3 Brown Goshawk at suppressed

Accipiter fasciatus at suppressed - 21 Oct 2019
Accipiter fasciatus at suppressed - 21 Oct 2019
Accipiter fasciatus at suppressed - 21 Oct 2019
Accipiter fasciatus at suppressed - 21 Oct 2019
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Identification history

Accipiter fasciatus 22 Oct 2019 natureguy
Accipiter cirrocephalus 21 Oct 2019 LisaH

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Author's notes

I'm assuming this was a nesting site, because I was again swooped. This time, when I found the bird after hearing it chirruping, I thought I was safe by staying in close-growing saplings (I had erroneously thought little birds may have been safe because they lived in this thicket). However, the hawk still swooped, and then landed at eye-level a few feet away (and I'm pretty short), before moving even closer above my head. I left.

6 comments

   22 Oct 2019
Great shots, I love the trick of getting the bird to come closer to your head so you can take more detailed photographs. I will leave that technique to you :-)
LisaH wrote:
   22 Oct 2019
Yes, wasn't it well planned? For a while, I seriously wondered whether I could channel your courage and wait for the next swoop for an action photograph . . . but self preservation won out.Those talons!
natureguy wrote:
   22 Oct 2019
The rounded tail points to Brown Goshawk rather then Sparrowhawk.
LisaH wrote:
   23 Oct 2019
I'm a bit confused. I'm assuming this is the same bird as sighting 4236590, which was identified as a sparrowhawk? My understanding was that there have been brown goshawks nesting in this area over the past few years. Thank you for your time.
natureguy wrote:
   23 Oct 2019
Hi Lisa, it is definitely possible for both Sparrowhawks and Goshawks to occur within the same area. As you can see there are records of both species in the vicinity of this sighting. For ID purposes, things to focus on are tail shape (Sparrowhawk has squarish tail and Goshawk has rounded), facial expression (staring vs glaring) and Sparrowhawks have a very long middle toe.

Hope this information helps, Luke.
Illilanga wrote:
   23 Oct 2019
...and they can be super hard to ID! I always think of Sparrowhawks as dainty (longer tail) and the Goshawks as stocky (with an "eyebrow"). Usually (not always) the Sparrowhawk will have more rufous down its neck and different barring. Colour is tricky though, as there is a lot of variation. Ideally you also see their behaviour, movement or flight shape and learn the sounds. If you are keen, I highly recommend purchasing some specific raptor or bird of prey books... quite a few have released new editions this year. Warning, it can be addictive and frustrating. :)

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 21 Oct 2019 11:36 AM Recorded on
  • LisaH Recorded by

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  • True Nesting site

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