June 27, 2021

040 The Red Goshawk with Chris MacColl

040 The Red Goshawk with Chris MacColl

Chris MacColl has been unlocking the secrets of the elusive Red Goshawk in northern Queensland and across the Top End of Australia. The work has involved trapping these fearsome-looking raptors and fitting them with harnesses, fitted with GPS...


Chris MacColl has been unlocking the secrets of the elusive Red Goshawk in northern Queensland and across the Top End of Australia.

The work has involved trapping these fearsome-looking raptors and fitting them with harnesses, fitted with GPS transmitters, and analysing the movements of the birds over an entended period of time. Since Chris and I had our conversation, the team have managed to trap male birds, and have harnesses fitted, so they are closer than ever to unlocking to mystery that has been the movement of both sexes in the non-breeding season.

Chris explains the methodology of the study, and what secrets the team hope will be unlocked as a result of the data collected and the lengthy observations made in the field.

You can follow Chris on Twitter and check out the latest on the Red Goshawk Project @CMacColl

Also, have a look at the other partners in the project;

 Australian Wildlife Conservancy - website and Twitter @awconservancy

Rio Tinto Weipa

QLD Dept of Environment and Science and

University of Queensland - Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation

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