Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Wednesday Walk raptor IDs

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Wednesday Walk raptor IDs
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:18:47 +1000
Geoffrey's comment about Swamp Harrier seems sound (supported by images in various books).  I'd be quite happy to add that to the species list unless anyone on the trip has strong objections.


On 20 September 2012 17:34, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

Long tail certainly.  The middle bird looks to me like a goshawk (a-b), but  if they’re all the same bird I’d say more likely a Swamp Harrier (c-e), though at some point you’d expect the distinctive ‘V’ profile to be apparent



From: Julian Robinson [
Sent: Thursday, 20 September 2012 3:09 PM
To: 'COG List'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Wednesday Walk raptor IDs


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
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Cc: m("","horvathhoward");" target="_blank">; JUDY MIDDLEBROOK; David Cook
Subject: [canberrabirds] Wednesday Walk report and forecast!


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