Raptors and others

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Subject: Raptors and others
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 08:42:37 +1000

But firstly, Trevor Ford has queried why I said there were six Painted Snipe in the photo I posted the other day – given that he found  seven in it! Well, he’s right of course, being the inveterate turner-upper of Painted Snipe that he is, Trevor spotted the one sitting on the bank facing the opposite way to the others. The total of birds there remains at only seven, not eight, but I had been wondering where the other one had got to in that photo!


Lots of raptors about yesterday. A visitor from England came out for the day, and we ran into Whistling Kites and a Black Kite when we were barely outside the gate, then a Spotted Harrier just a couple of kilometres away, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Brown Goshawk, as well as around thirty or more Nankeen Kestrels during the day.


While we were on the verandah after dinner the other night, a very smart Nankeen Night-heron dropped in for a walk-about in the creek shallows, picking up morsels as he went. There was just enough light to get a good look at him in the ‘scope, a handsome bird in bright rufous-cinnamon breeding plumage, sporting a smart black cap. He seemed completely unaware or unconcerned about us, allowing us that special feeling of taking a privileged look into a secret night-time world. In the morning, the night-heron was long gone of course, but we had our breakfast in the company of one Royal and one Yellow-billed Spoonbill sweeping their way, synchronised swimmer-like, through the same shallows.


Oh, yes, White-throated Needletails racing ahead of the weather on Wednesday 27th.


Bill Jolly



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