raptor id please

To: jude hopwood <>
Subject: raptor id please
From: Evan Beaver <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:42:06 +1100

Sounds like a Square-Tail Kite to me.

On 21/01/2014 4:14 AM, "jude hopwood" <> wrote:
Dear All,

A large, long and broad winged-raptor flying in broad circles over and around grass and shrubby area. Fairly sure the tail was squared off but can't be 100% certain.  Cruising shape was not flat but as there was significant wind, it wasn't clear whether the v of the wings in soaring was typical or not. Fingered wingtips AND a clearly white! tail. There was barring on wings and tail and lighter patterning on lightish brown underwings but I was driving at the time of sighting and cannot confirm any specific shape to the pattern. By the time I stopped the car and grabbed the binoculars, the bird was out of sight.

Anyone with suggestions as to where to start with identification?
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