Grey Falcons

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Subject: Grey Falcons
From: "John Barkla" <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2009 22:27:00 +1000
I spent a week in April at Bowra Station near Cunnamulla looking amongst
other things for Grey Falcons.  For the second year, I failed to see one.  I
decided to come home (Fitzroy, Melbourne) via Thargomindah, Tibooburra and
Broken Hill.  Flood water on the Bulloo River prevented me from taking the
route I preferred, so before I reached Tibooburra, I decided to add Banded
Whiteface to my trip list and detour towards Cameron Corner and Merty Merty.
On Friday 24 April 2009, as I was pulling into the corner store at Cameron
Corner, I was delighted to see 2 Grey Falcons circling only about 50 metres
from the ground and only 100 metres from the fuel pumps.  I had my camera
sitting on the spare seat and was able to get 9 photos before they drifted
off to the south.  Sadly the photos are not dead sharp - but they certainly
confirm the identification.  When I excitedly relayed my good fortune to the
lady behind the counter (whose name I have forgotten) and a group of 7 motor
cyclists and support crew who were out to cross the Simpson Desert, the lady
pointed out a Birds Australia notice on the wall requesting people to report
all sightings.  She told me she lived there and had never seen one, but
would keep a look out in future. 




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