Accipiter novaehollandiae (Grey Goshawk) IUCN Status: Least Concern
I first came across this bird when I was out for a walk not too far from where we live and I heard an unfamiliar bird call and immediately became excited. I had a hunch that it was a bird of prey, and that’s always going to put a spring in the step of a bird photographer. I could only make it out as a large white bird and knew it wasn’t a cockatoo, so I had a fair idea that it was a grey goshawk. I played grey goshawk calls back from my phone and confirmed my hunch. To my surprise if immediately took to the air looking for a competitor. In spite of numerous fly overs I was unable to secure a decent shot. I was able to come up with a plan for the next time though.
There is a step hill near to the forest I’d first heard it in, with a road at the top. I thought that if the bird would respond in a similar way when I played from a high spot, it would have to fly up the hill to investigate and by more likely to perch closer to eye level so I could get a more pleasing composition. So I waited until the sun would be at my back, and as you can tell, it worked out nicely.
I’ve been told there’s a pair that lives in the area, and a am encouraged the lovely people around appreciate having such amazing birds hanging around their homes.