Sydney - Black Kite

Subject: Sydney - Black Kite
From: Andy Burton's Bush Tours <>
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 18:14:03 +1100
At 5.55pm local time today my local raptor spotters, the Noisy Miners, alerted me to the presence of yet another raptor close to the centre of Sydney. I went to the balcony and much to my surprise a  Black Kite was slowly moving east-south-east above Flat Rock Gully; initially it was high to the west but gradually moved closer and then low over the apartment.

I have lived in this municipality almost continuously since 1983 and this is only my third sighting of this species here, and in fact anywhere in Sydney.

Ern Hoskin in "Birds of Sydney" describes this species as being "a rare straggler" to the area.

The bird was at 33°  49.245´    151°  12.535´.

Regards, Andy
Andy Burton's Bush Tours
12/8 Cambridge St,
NSW  2062

Ph 61 2 9954 0893
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