Grey Falcons

To: Tim Dolby <>, John Barkla <>
Subject: Grey Falcons
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 11:00:22 +1000
Tim, can you see those details in flight?

If the bird is perched, is tail projection a reliable way to distinguish it 
from Grey Goshawk?

Peter Shute

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tim Dolby
Sent: Monday, 11 May 2009 10:46 AM
To: John Barkla
Cc: birding-aus
Subject: Grey Falcons

Good stuff John. They may be doing reasonably well in that area at the moment. 
Last spring I saw a Grey Falcon nearby along Toona Gate Rd. I also had a 
probable Grey Falcon about 5 km east of Cameron's Corner - between the corner 
and the Fort Grey campground (where Ground Cuckoo-shrike was a common 
campground bird). Interested to see the photos.

You probably already know this, the person doing the research on Grey Falcon is 
Jonny Schoenjahn - see, 
where you can download a Record Report Form. There's also an identification 
hints area, which for the record states: Rule number 1, if you don't see the 
bright orange-yellow of the legs / feet, the base of the bill, the cere and 
around the eyes, then almost definitely it's not a Grey Falcon; Rule number 2, 
if the legs/feet are bright orange-yellow but not the cere, then it's not a 
Grey Falcon; Rule number 3, do not rely on the dark wingtips, they are a 
misleading, not diagnostic field mark.



-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Barkla
Sent: Sunday, 10 May 2009 10:27 PM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: Grey Falcons

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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