RE:Black Falcons?

To: "Andrea S Holland" <>
Subject: RE:Black Falcons?
From: Harvey Perkins <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 13:59:37 +1000
Oh dear - I was hoping to avoid the sort of responses that has been

What I was really looking for (perhaps a bit too subtly) was someone more
familiar with the black falcon that I am (it's a bird that seems to have
avoided me) to tell me whether or not the glide/rapid wingbeats but overall
the rather leisurely low flight rules out this species so that I can either
count it as my first sighting in the ACT, consign it to the possibles list,
or discount it altogether.

What is clear is that it wasn't either a brown falcon or an A raven, the two
most likely species to be mistaken for a black falcon.

Jack Holland


The flight style and behaviour you describe sounds virtually identical to what I observed when I saw the Black Falcon at Kellys Swamp back on the 5 May. I also had the advantage of seeing the notches in the sides of the tail, which for me clinched it even though I was already of a mind to accept for myself the Black Falcon conclusion based on the flight behaviour alone.

For what it's worth, from what you wrote, I had no problem with an ID of Black Falcon.


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