Vespers at Sheperd's Lookout

Subject: Vespers at Sheperd's Lookout
From: milburn <>
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:32:57 +1000
Several reports of migrating woodswallows today and a (relatively) warm northwesterly compelled me to spend the evening at Sheperd's Lookout.

A pleasant surprise was a singing Chestnut-rumped Hylacola in the regenerating Callitris just below the entrance to Woodstock Reserve.

Both male and female Peregrine Falcons provided alomost continuous entertainment. The male caught a Crimson Rosella and soared high above the female, plucking at its prey on the wing producing a trail of feathers on the wind. I anticipated an aerial food pass but the male just crried on soaring with its prize dispalyed prominently. A pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles also capitalised on the windy conditions.

Hundreds of Welcome Swallows, Tree and Fairy Martins were feasting on the plumes of wind blown insects from the Murrumbidgee Valley and just after 5:00pm a chattering mixed flock of White-browed and Masked Woodswallows appeared overhead briefly before heading off into the wind.

A light morph Little Eagle hanging on the wind rounded out the evening show.

Sheperd's Lookout is one of the gems in the crown of ACT birding; sometimes interminably dull but at other times exhillarating.


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