Black Falcon!!??

To: <>
Subject: Black Falcon!!??
From: "Andrea S Holland" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 19:35:45 +1000
I know I'm taking a bit of a risk posting this given the recent exchange of views, but I flushed what I expect was a black falcon along the southern boundary of the former Narrabundah Hill pine plantation (about 2/3 of the way down from the Hindmarsh Drive end) with the horse paddocks about 16:30 yesterday afternoon.
I first thought it was a very dark phase brown falcon as it glided past me quite close and low on flat broad wings (definitely not a dihedral) but with noticeably very pointed tips.  The tail was long but held narrow.  It alternated the glide with some rapid wingbeats and then perched in a dead tree, unfortunately directly into a setting sun.  While the profile was definitely was not pot-bellied, I could not clearly discern the characteristic broad shoulders and small head under the viewing conditions (and with no binos and two dogs on the lead).
When I approached closer it took off again with a very similar pattern of alternating a glide with some rapid wing beats while very keeping low before it appeared to settle on the ground on the other side of a low ridge.  At the time I didn't think this was black falcon behaviour but consultation of the literature does not rule this out.  Certainly the jizz was very different from all the familiar local birds.  Has anyone seen it in the area too or does anyone have any ideas as to what else it might have been (definitely not an A raven)?
I'm hoping it wasn't cleaning up the diamond firetails which I have been seeing in this area regularly for the past 6 weeks or so, the first time in nearly 30 years here that this has happened.
Jack Holland
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Black Falcon!!??, Andrea S Holland <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU