Wednesday Walk raptor IDs

To: "'COG List'" <>
Subject: Wednesday Walk raptor IDs
From: "Julian Robinson" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:08:45 +1000

On yesterday’s walk there was some discussion about a couple of our raptors.


1.        This bird was seen only in the distance at the first property, no-one has come up with an ID so any info would be appreciated with the benefit of some grainy pics.  We generally thought that the tail was too long for a Little Eagle and the underwing pattern not really similar to anything really.  The white on what looks like all the primaries was quite visible, whiter than it appears here.


2.        The two birds we first saw cavorting together at Strike-a-light were definitely both Brown Falcons, easily seen with benefit of photo (here compared with the Goshawk we saw a few minutes later).





From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:46
To: COG List;
Subject: [canberrabirds] Wednesday Walk report and forecast!


The editors of Gang-gang may wish to insert the following as a report on the outing to Michelago and Strike-a-Light Travelling Stock Reserve on 19 September.


"20 members and guests (including Howard and Mary from the East Cascades Audubon Society) gathered at the first site some 9km South of Michelago at about 9am with the fog lifting off the hills.  We were greeted by Sandra, an owner of the property to whom our thanks are offered, and strolled off to the Northern side of the property before heading back to the Creek and the the house,  


We totalled 41 species here and the highlights were Horsfields Bronze-Cuckoos, Diamond Firetail, Speckled Warbler, Brown Treecreeper and - right at the end - a Restless Flycatcher.  Breeding records were nest building by Buff-rumped and Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Display by Ausralasian Grebes on a nearby dam.


After the excellent Anzac biscuits we moved on to Strike-a-Light TSR a few kilometres from Bredbo up the Jerangle road.  


A total of 43 species were seen along the Creek and in the TSR.  To some extent highlights here were similar to those at Illilanga with great views of 4 Diamond Firetails and 2 Speckled Warblers.  A good crop of Fuscous Honeyeaters appeared  together with at least 2 White-plumed Honeyeaters.  Crossing the road we found some Brown Quail and a Brown Treecreeper disappeared into a hollow in a stump earning itself a rating of Breeding record.


Overall we recorded 57 species."


A full birdlist is attached  (please add to the website David) and a few images and comments are contained in my blogpost  


Upcoming outing for mention in Gang-gang and on the website:


"The Wednesday Walk for 17 October will be to meet at Urriarra Village, off Brindabella Road near the junction with Urriara Rd, at 9am.  Details will be covered in an email tothese groups  closer to the date."


Martin Butterfield


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