Unwelcome intruder

With trips to the bush few and far between in recent weeks the best I can do is a visit to the front verandah!

There is still lots to see from this vantage point though. Masses of honeyeaters, silvereyes, thornbills, and even a Golden Whistler were spotted in a brief interlude this afternoon.

The avian idyll was rudely interrupted by the appearance of an adult Collared Sparrowhawk, most likely a female from its apparent bulk, floating by overhead. One of the local magpies took on the task of escorting it from the neighbourhood.

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Adult Collared Sparrowhawk, Newstead, 26th June 2014.

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Australian Magpie and Collared Sparrowhawk in aerial face-off.

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The elongated middle toe of the Collared Sparrowhawk is vaguely visible in this shot.

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