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Collard Sparrowhawk

Collard Sparrowhawk
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Bradbury (paulsballs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 73] (391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200/2.8
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/119 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 7:11
Viewed: 4110
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Size: Length: 40cm
Wingspan: 80cm.
(Female is much larger than males)
Identification: A small and finely built hawk with rather short wings, a long square or notched tail and a protruding head and neck. The collard sparrowhawk has very similar plummage to the brown goshawk, except that this bird has more dusky edges on the underside of the primaries and a barred tail.

Call/Song: Makes a shrill chatter or screech, aggressive swee-swee- swee, a loud kee-yow and a repeated see or sweep-sweep-sweep.

Found throughout Australia.

Habitat:Dwells in a wide range of habitats including open forests, woodlands and parklands.

Feeding: Attacks its prey in the air and will go for birds much larger than itself, including the grey teal, parrots and cuckoo-shrike.

Breeding/Nesting: Breeds July through December. Builds a rough platform of sticks, twigs and green leaves in a fork of a tree 8-31m off the ground.

Movement: Soars with slightly upswept wings and glides with its wings flat or drooped near the body. This hawk is lightning fast and can capture its prey by sheer speed, but also uses stalking and suprise.

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Hi Paul

Lovely shot. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. TFS.

Hi Paul. Beautiful shot of one of my favourite birds. I used to train hawks as a youngster in Ballarat. Now they are protected, so I can just admire them in photos like yours. I still remember their fine features and light frame. Regards. Klaudio.

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