Long believed to be extinct in territorial Australia – but occasionally seen on off-shore islands that do not lie in Australian territorial waters – this great snap of Accipiter selachimorpha (the Common sharkgull) was taken by C. Marter while the bird roosted on the roof of a local eatery near Gosford NSW. Until this gory discovery missing livestock in the Gosford area had been explained as theft.
The single bird was seen and photographed by C. Marter and seen by most members of the Mid Coast Birdwatchers Guild on 12/1/2009. The sighting needs to be officially recognised by BARC before it can be added to the Australian lists. (98)