There are many different birds of prey (raptors) to be found in the Newstead area. The following species are all commonly seen: Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Falcon, Australian Kestrel, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Little Eagle and the Wedge-tailed Eagle. Less common and occasional species include the Swamp Harrier and Black-shouldered Kite, although the latter may be quite common at certain times of the year (autumn/winter) or when rodents are in good numbers. In recent days I have seen a family group of Brown Goshawks, two adults and a young bird on the north side of Rotunda Park. It would apear that the adults may have nested here and are now teaching their fledgling to hunt. The adult birds are distinctive with a steely grey back and finely barred breast while the young bird is brown above with mottled brown and white underparts.
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