Bird of the Week

Mar 28, 2012

Robert Adamson’s Goshawk over Broken Bay.

A few days ago I posted a link on Facebook to a short piece in the Herald Sun about the tragic death of the rarest of Australia's raptors, the White-phase Grey Goshawk, in the Victorian city of Bendigo. This is Robert's wonderful tribute to that bird - written in prescience perhaps long ago but unchanged but for the last line.

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Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

[caption id="attachment_6472" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="White phase Grey Goshawk. Pic: Ian Montgomery. http://www.birdway.com.au/index.htm"][/caption]

This is a guest poem by the Australian poet Robert Adamson.

A few days ago I posted a link on Facebook to a short piece in the Herald Sun about the tragic death of the rarest of Australia's raptors, the White-phase Grey Goshawk, in the Victorian city of Bendigo. This is Robert's wonderful tribute to that bird - written in prescience perhaps long ago but unchanged but for the last line. See below for the Herald-Sun piece. Robert says of his poem: "I wrote the poem 'Goshawk Over Broken Bay' forty years ago (would you believe?) and it sadly turned out to be a kind of prophecy. I slightly changed the final line for the memory of the rare white goshawk that was shot recently."

Goshawk over Broken Bay

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  1. Mort

    Don’t understand how anyone could look through the sights at this beautiful bird and think it would be fun to kill it. Yet another asshole with a gun.

    Even if they do find the shooter I doubt they will get anything but a tiny fine.

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