birding-aus Birds while painting

Subject: birding-aus Birds while painting
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 14:47:54 +1000

Some interesting observations last Saturday while I continue to paint my
surburban weatherboard house in Richmond, Melbourne.

While looking up and painting the walls of the house I heard the excited
chatter of a raptor overhead.  It turned out to be an Australian Kestrel
swooping a Brown Goshawk.  The soaring Goshawk just lazily lifted its body
out of the way when the Kestrel came close in its dive.  I have recorded
both species for Richmond before but this time will make an effort to add
them to the Atlas project.

Within minutes of that sighting I heard the unmistable call of a Quarrion
or Cockatiel.  No doubt an aviary escapee.  A rather lost looking
individual flew past in the directtiion of the Goshawk!

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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