8/7/2019 – The Tasmanian white hawk


The grey goshawk has a white subtype in Tasmania. Picture: Francesco Veronesi

The grey goshawk has a white subtype in Tasmania. Picture: Francesco Veronesi

It’s proper name is the grey goshawk, but the Tasmanian version is pure white.

This striking bird is rarely seen, but its unusual appearance means it is rarely missed.

Despite the presence of nearby sulfur-crested cockatoos, this bird was not lost in the crowd, being immediately identified as “a white eagle” by our children.

They are quite rare, but keep your eyes open while touring Tasmania and you might see one.

We saw ours on the side of a road in the Huon Valley recently, presumably eating road kill.

The Huon Valley is a wild place, bordering the south-west wilderness. You never know what you might see or hear around the forests, maybe you will hear this?




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