Black Falcons

To: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Subject: Black Falcons
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 21:01:44 +1000
Bob Forsyth wrote:
Nearer home yesterday, on the western shores of Lake Moondarra,  with Bill & Del Saunders of Port Macquarie, we watched a pair of Black Falcons for 1/2 hour.As we got to about 80m they would glide away and land again on the grass. But the scope confirmed the species. This was my first sighting of this species near Mount Isa,.
Hi Bob
When I was in the Broken Hill area in far north-western NSW a few years ago, I had a group of 3 Black Falcons on the ground (which I also saw at that same spot 2 days before) and was amazed how close I got to them within 15 metres or so (and even more closer while in the car). If I got too close they wouldn't fly too far away on their slightly down curved and relatively broad but pointed wings and quite long tail (appearing all dark and uniform). I also got close to one of the Black Falcons last year at the East Maitland tip as it perched for over an hour on a antennae. But despite being this close, they have got to be watched in flight, typically seen slowly circling over the area (at times Raven like) than picking up with amazing speed when pursuing prey with wings held or slightly drooped (different to any other falcon in Australia).  
At least one of the Black Falcons sean at the East Maitland Tip in NSW (there could be an adult pair and a juv. bird hanging about) appears to be a fairly young (juv./Imm.) bird with lack of any visible facial and cheek markings (and is quite a dark bird).
Edwin Vella 
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