Latham's Snipe

To: "coG" <>
Subject: Latham's Snipe
From: "Roger Curnow" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 12:14:56 +1000
Hi all
There was a Latham's Snipe at West  Belconnen Pond this morning.
And flying over head was a grey falcon but presumably not a Grey Falcon.
The bird was flying steadily to the NE pretty much towards the early morning sun.
No undulation in level and with regular wing beats.
When I first observed it  I was between it and the sun and it passed overhead so i saw only the underside. 
It appeared more or less all light grey with some darker grey streaks running length wise.
Every couple of seconds, as it flew it made a quiet single syllable noise approximated by kwok;
not quite but almost the noise attached to farm ducks in children's books.  
My immediate reaction was " Grey Falcon" but I have never seen one.
Any suggestions other than Brown Falcon, they seem to come in many colours ?
        roger curnow
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