Raptor id - Brimbank Park, Vic

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Subject: Raptor id - Brimbank Park, Vic
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 00:25:34 +1000
There was much debate over the id of a raptor seen during a BOCA outing at 
Brimbank Park today.  I initally thought it was a Whistling Kite because its 
wings were quite bowed down, then someone mentioned Little Eagle and that the 
strong wind might be causing it to do that, and I tended to agree because I 
just couldn't see the distinctive wing pattern, then I decided I just didn't 

I managed to get some photos, very blurry because of the distance, so if anyone 
would like to have a look at them and tell me what you think, I'd appreciate it:

You can enlarge the photos one by one by clicking on them, or drag the slider 
just above the top right picture to enlarge them all at once.

Note that I've labeled them "Raptor 1" and "Raptor 2".  That's because the bird 
was seen twice, several minutes apart, and we weren't sure it was the same one, 
but it looks the same shape to me, although the neck and tail lengths might 
look a little different because of the different angles.  There's a little bump 
on the trailing edge of its right wing, visible in all but the first of the 
photos which makes me fairly sure it's the same bird.

I'm thinking now that I've been able to touch up the photos and see a bit of 
wing pattern, that it's a dark morph Little Eagle.  Am I right, and are all the 
photos of the same species/bird?

Peter Shute

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