Black Kite, Grass Owl & White-necked Heron

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Subject: Black Kite, Grass Owl & White-necked Heron
From: "Peter Higgins" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 11:39:05 +1000

Yesterday, Sunday 8 July, saw a Black Kite at close range, perched and in flight, over land cleared for an industrial development surrounding a small wetland in southern Coffs Harbour (mid-north coast NSW), and close to normal Black Kite habitat — the tip.  First time I’ve seen one in this region and a further indication of the drift to the coast of inland species discussed recently.

And, to pick up a thread that appeared on Birding-Aus when I checked my mail this morning, a White-necked Heron flew over our house in coastal Sawtell, which was my first record of the species in Sawtell.

Lastly, on 21 May, a Grass Owl flew over our house in Sawtell, just south of Coffs Harbour, in the late afternoon, being mobbed or followed by large numbers of Little Corellas, lorikeets and a few Torresian Crows, the latter harassing it constantly and striking at it as it flew directly over the house and reasonably low.  It was in view for many minutes, with long trailing legs–feet readily visible.

(I’ll send details of the Kite and Owl if you want them Alan.)



Peter Higgins
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