This sparrow hawk took time out to digest her meal, recently in my backyard in Ballarat.
She soared above my neighbour's home when I first noticed her, but to my delight, chose my backyard to land.
At first I thought it was merely wishful thinking, believing I was giving added status to more usual visitors, such as sparrows, wattle birds and the occasional crested pigeon, but the more I looked, even with the naked eye, the more I was sure she was a special visitor. Binoculars confirmed my initial accuracy at identifying some kind of bird of prey!
It was a lovely way to commence the cold, but sunny morning of Saturday 6th of August and was a prolonged visit, lasting long enough for me to call my fellow bird loving neighbour Alan, to help with identification.
Armed with my library of birding manuals we deliberated as to whether it was a goshawk, or sparrow hawk for some time.
Luckily I keep binoculars and camera on hand.
As he departed, Alan spotted the remains of her breakfast, in my front garden, which appear beside the sparrow hawk photo. Quite a breakfast!
The sparrow hawk remained stationary on my rose arbour for some thirty minutes, until taking to flight.
It is wonderful to be visited by such a rare bird and should encourage others to make sure you always have clean water available for local birds and keep records of your usual and unusual, wild avian visitors!