RE:Black Falcons?

Subject: RE:Black Falcons?
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 14:08:06 +1000
As the president of COG, the falcon should be whatever you say it is. And
what's more it should be happy to have a label.

Cheers; Alastair

Alastair Smith
Cargo Controls
Australian Customs Service

Phone: 02 6275 6367
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 -----Original Message-----
From:   Harvey Perkins  
Sent:   Friday, 3 June 2005 14:00
To:     Andrea S Holland
Subject:        RE:Black Falcons?

>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
>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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