Oriental Honey Buzzard at Leinster WA

Subject: Oriental Honey Buzzard at Leinster WA
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2003 20:26:10 +0800

I have just received a report that an Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) was found in a back yard in Leinster (a mining town north of Kalgoorlie).

It was taken to the environmental people at the mine site, passed on to a raptor care group, but died. The specimen has been lodged at the Museum of WA. More details will be published in the June volume of Western Australian Bird Notes.

This is the first mainland record for Australia.

Presumably it was caught in the recent tropical depression that formed well north of Broome, crossed the coast near Port Hedland (barometric pressure ~995) and passed through Western Australia dumping very welcome rain.
Frank O'Connor     Birding WA
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