Hmmnnnn.... which chook should I grab first? They all look tasty

Edward the rooster became very vocal this afternoon in response to the arrival of this uninvited visitor – a magnificent pure white grey goshawk. It stuck around for quite a while despite being shooed off by the dog, and then me. Then it began circling the yard, settling on fences and gumtrees, before flying across the road.

I have a feeling it’ll be back – and as long as it’s not devouring my chooks I’d be happy to see it again – it’s really beautiful, stunning in fact. I am delighted that I managed to get a decent photo of this rare bird! I’m also pleased we took precautions to protect our birds – see my earlier post ‘dealing with poultry predators from above’

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife website has the following information on these birds:

Grey Goshawk, Accipiter novaehollandiae

The Grey Goshawk is a medium-sized bird of prey (350-550mm). In Tasmania, the bird, despite its name, is all white – the only all-white raptor (bird of prey) in the world. On the mainland, two colour forms occur – all white and grey. The legs and feet, and the cere (just behind the bill), are yellow. At a distance, the grey goshawk can be confused with the sulphur-crested cockatoo. Females are larger than males.
Juveniles in their first year have olive-yellow eyes which go orange in their second year and then red when mature.
Occurs singularly or in pairs in rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and woodland.Grey Goshawks feed on birds, small mammals, reptiles and insects. They pursue prey in flight, striking with powerful talons. They will ambush birds.

Breeding is restricted to wet forest (especially blackwoods), although juveniles can be seen in a variety of habitats. The nest is large and built of sticks and lined with leaves high in a tree fork. Two to three eggs are laid. The same nest is often used from year to year. The female does most of the incubation, though the male relieves her when she needs to feed. The male catches most of the food for the young.
The Grey Goshawk is uncommon to rare through eastern and northern Australia in suitable forested habitat.

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