QLD: One Mile Spectacular

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Subject: QLD: One Mile Spectacular
From: "Peter Horler" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 21:34:30 +1000
We had a spectacular morning's birding.

Firstly Val watched a raptor (Brown Goshawk/Collared Sparrowhawk) make a
kill on the fly just 50 metres from our back door.  It settled in one of our
neighbouring gums and proceeded to pluck the unfortunate small bird (not
identified).  It was less than halfway through this when it was seen off by
a Blue-faced Honeyeater, taking its kill with it.

Later from our back verandah (deck to some), we witnessed a flock of about
40 Straw-necked Ibis, wheeling on a thermal.  To our delight they were
joined by a similar sized flock gaining the same updraught.  We watched them
climb to well over 1,000ft.

Can someone enlighten us as to whether this is normal behaviour for a
feeding mission, or was it a prelude to migration to the South?

One Mile

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