Letter-winged Kite at Terrick Terrick NP (Vic)

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: Letter-winged Kite at Terrick Terrick NP (Vic)
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:33:24 +0000
Some few years ago, during a mouse plague we had a gathering - I hesitate
to call it a flock - of up to 14 Black-shouldered Kites in a single dead
The site was off Widgiewa Rd Carwoola.  In the years since there have been
few rodents and even fewer Black =shouldered Kites!

Martin Butterfield

On 26 April 2017 at 13:10, Peter Shute <> wrote:

> Yesterday Dan Ashdown and Owen Lishmund reported a Letter-winged kite at
> Terrick Terrick NP in Victoria (see Birdline below). Apparently it was with
> 6 Black-shouldered Kites. Question - is it unusual to have so many
> Black-shouldered Kites together? I don't think I've seen more than a couple.
> Hoping this bird is the first of many.
> Peter Shute
> Letter-winged Kite
> Terrick Terrick National Park--The Meadows
> Single bird seen associating with Black-shouldered Kites, perching on
> fences and lignum bushes and moved around through much of the reserve. Seen
> well in flight showing the extensive, solid black underwing bars. Also
> noted pronounced black in front of eyes with no black behind, paler
> legs/feet than Black-shouldered and dark grey on top of head and on mantle.
> Appeared slightly larger in comparison to Black-shouldered. Unforgettable
> experience. GPS coordinates of first sighting are: -36.112365, 144.434583
> eBird checklist
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