Fw: Pacific Baza (South Coast)

Subject: Fw: Pacific Baza (South Coast)
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 14:44:34 +1100

Here's a reply from Chris Chafer from a query on my 2005 record of a Baza on the Sth Coast.


----- Forwarded by Richard Allen/CBR/IPAustralia on 26/02/2007 02:24 PM -----
"Chris Chafer" <>

21/07/2005 02:36 PM

Re: Pacific Baza (South Coast)

Thanks Richard.

Great record. The baza is becoming more common as the years go by. Indeed the entry on the web site was written 6 years ago and is out of date. There have now been 35+ records that I know about, with several records from Nowra, Conjola, Kangaroo Valley etc. There are also several breeding records from down that way. Nevertheless its great to get another record for the puzzel. Alan Morris and self have written a papaer that has been submitted to the journal Emu, showing how the species has radically increased its southern distribution  since the 1970s.



On Mon, 18 Jul 2005 13:06:05 +1000, Richard.Allen wrote
Hi Chris
I did not know who to pass this record on to so i hope you can forward it if necessary.
A lady informed my enquiring son that she was watching two Pacific Baza. I was quickly summoned and enjoyed great views of them. We were at Narrawallee inlet on 16/7/05. An hour later they were in our backyard 500m away.
I love it when a stranger points out a new bird to you in your patch and you initially appear sceptical only to be proven wrong. I'm happy to look stupid every time, especially if it is when two Pacific Baza browsing in the trees in my backyard. I've never seen them on the south coast and going by the entry below would not have suspected them in winter at all. Are there any more recent reportings.

Pacific Baza Aviceda subcristata
Rare, summer migrant: Heavily timbered forest and woodland. First record was of several birds near Cordeaux about 1880. Recent records include: two birds observed at "Sherbrooke" in the catchment area west of Bulli in 1978; Brooks Point near Appin, in 1980; Appin 1989; five at Douglas Park in 1992; Bents Basin 1992; several times west of Mt Kembla 1993-95; and a juvenile at Yallah, August 1994.


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