Oh... just something to make you jealous from the South Coast (Square-ta

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Subject: Oh... just something to make you jealous from the South Coast (Square-tailed Kite)
From: Dimitris Bertzeletos <>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 01:53:50 +0200
Hello fellow birders
As of yesterday I'm back in Canberra for uni having spent a fantastic summer on the south coast and catching a glimpse of autumn migration which is probably going to be spectacular this year.
I spent almost my entire stay at Bateman's Bay were I managed to log roughly 120 species including Channel-billed Cuckoos (breeding), White-cheeked HEs(breeding), Azure Kingfishers, Figbirds (breeding around my house and in the city center), at lest 7 young Koels fed by 7 different pairs of Red Wattlebirds, large flocks of Topknots, Osprey, breeding Southern Emu-Wrens etc.
Of the birds recorded 8 were new additions to my local list and these included birds such as Whimbrel, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brush Bronzewing, Australian Shoveler and ,surprisingly, Dusky Woodswallow. The no of species now recorded in the area stands at 175.
In the summer 2006-2007 a pair of Square-tailed Kites had taken up residence around my house which resulted in daily sightings of these great birds. This was not to be and I thought that I wouldn't see the species until next summer since it is migratory. But on the last day before I left for hear, when I was riding my bike home, this fella popped up (photo) and just flew over my head for a good 10 minutes and less then 20 meters up... He also brought the Wedge-tailed Eagle with him (though that was much higher up)
PS: to all photographers: Yes, I know I'm the luckiest b****** on earth :P. I didn't expect the auto focues to work perfectly...

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