[UNCLASSIFIED] RE:Black Falcons?

Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED] RE:Black Falcons?
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 14:25:38 +1000
I would say your description does provide the possibility of black falcon but 
none of the features you describe couldn't be brown falcon.
When flying low brown falcons can glide slowly but flicker their wings 
intermitently to keep above the ground. Landing on the ground suggest more 
strongly of brown falcon.
Stronger features for black falcon would be the distinct underwing bar, the 
outer tail feathers (very hard to see most of the time) and when standing the 
position, the wings and tail being much longer, the head shape, the shorter 
legs than brown falcon
Benj Whitworth

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrea S Holland  
Sent: Friday, 3 June 2005 1:01 PM
To: shaun bagley; Geoffrey Dabb; 
Subject: RE:Black Falcons?

Oh dear - I was hoping to avoid the sort of responses that has been generated..

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

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