Just for the record, a Little Eagle yesterday brought our list of local
raptors over the last eight days to 15 species.
We haven't spent much time in woodland lately, so Pacific Baza and Grey
Goshawk are missing from the list, although both are certainly hereabouts,
as are Swamp Harriers up around Lakes Clarendon and Wivenhoe, and Peregrine
Falcons which are always around the ridges.
Black Kites are resident around the abattoir at Oakey only 20 or so
kilometres to the east and occasionally irrupt into the valley.
Of the four remaining Aussie raptors, Red Goshawk is the most likely. I
haven't caught up with one for a few years now, although I have seen them
only six or seven kilometres from Abberton (now THAT would be a really great
bird for the house list!). But a pair were reliably reported on the valley's
southern slopes a few months back.
Letter-winged Kite has been picked up injured and photographed near Gatton,
and over the last twenty years there have been just a couple of solid
records each of Black-breasted Buzzard and Grey Falcon.
So, at the right time of year - which seems to be around now - most
Australian raptors can be found nearby with just a little work, as well as
the prospect of one or two unexpected fly-bys.
Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
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