Re: Tour de Mulligans Flat

To: "Philip Veerman" <>
Subject: Re: Tour de Mulligans Flat
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 14:11:12 +1000

Yes. Someone else mentioned it could be a Little Eagle. My impression was of a tail not as long as a Whistling Kites. The body and wings seemed a bit more bulkier too.
The problem lies with the bird being too far away to see even through binos.


"Philip Veerman" <>

22/08/2005 02:05 PM

Tour de Mulligans Flat

Hi Marnix,
Re: An unidentified large high soaring raptor with  rounded dark wings and a pale rounded tail. 
From that alone, if the tail was long, I'd  give it 99% on being a Whistling Kite. If the tail was short, I'd give  it 60% on being a Little Eagle, although a Little Eagle usually shows its  tail as very square. A long, unmarked, pale, rounded tail is almost as good as  diagnostic of a Whistling Kite. The Little Eagle's wings also are more  rectangular (rather than fingered or rounded wings of a Whistling Kite.  Most Little Eagles here are the pale form, so wouldn't usually give the  impression of being dark in a quick look.
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