Raptors at Mount Isa

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Subject: Raptors at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 11:21:21 +1000
g'day all,
On 8/7/2002 at 5.00pm a local resident Judy Cooper, identified a Pacific Baza alongside the 8th fairway of our local Golf Course.
Judy knew the bird as a Crested Hawk from when she often saw them at Herberton on the Atherton Tablelands.
The BOCA "The Bird Observer" No.716, Jan/Feb 1992 records that
"David Thomas photographed a Pacific Baza at Lake Moondarra, Mt Isa, Qld (7.8.85)
So there is another bird I have to see for my local list !
When Jim & Linda Davis were here (after the mandatory 1/2 hour sit watching a variety of birds drinking + in the distance 2 Australian Bustards walking majestically through a herd of cattle) I showed them the remains of a White-bellied Sea-Eagles nest. I am still amazed at the size/weight of sticks that these birds can pick up for their nest !
There were 5 turtle carapaces (shells) on the ground under the nest.  The carcases ranged in size from 12cm to 25cm in length.
On my previous visit, 2 of the biggest carcases were still hanging on the side of the collapsing nest. I will ask the local Nat Parks chaps to ID the Turtles.
Hanzab V2. p85 states the W-b S-E "Carnivorous opportunistic. Birds, reptiles, fish, mammals, crustaceans and carrion"
A week previously, I saw a pair of adult birds flying along the shoreline at the NW corner of Lake Moondarra.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
See gazetteer page of for directions to some birding places around Mount Isa. 
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