Alice Springs and surrounding region provides a popular spot for some
bird watching. There some permanent and semi-permanent waterholes in some of
the gorges along the
MacDonnell Ranges that help to sustain life.
Alice Springs also has a number of key locations with water that attract bird
life, including the
Alice Springs Desert Park,
Olive Pink Botanic Garden and the Alice Springs Treatment Plant (Alice
Springs Sewerage Ponds).
Pictured here is the Collared Sparrowhawk, sometimes mistaken for the Brown Goshawk.
One of the key
feature differences between the two is that the Collared Sparrowhawk has staring yellow eyes,
that look fierce, but without the heavy brow ridge of the goshawk, which gives
the goshawk a 'glowering look'.
When in flight, the Collared Sparrowhawk the tip of the spread tail is square,
unlike that of the goshawk which has a more rounded tail tip.
The Collared Sparrowhawk is found almost everywhere in Australia, inhabiting
forest and woodland, including the narrow tree lines allong watercourses of the
arid interior and coastal forest.