Letter-winged Kite at Terrick Terrick NP (Vic)

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>
Subject: Letter-winged Kite at Terrick Terrick NP (Vic)
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:46:21 +0000
Thanks, that makes sense. There is a mouse plague there at the moment, 

Peter Shute

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> From: Martin Butterfield 
> Sent: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 2:33 PM
> To: Peter Shute <>
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Letter-winged Kite at Terrick Terrick NP (Vic)
> 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 tree
> <
> kites.html> .  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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