|To:||jude hopwood <>|
|Subject:||raptor id please|
|From:||Evan Beaver <>|
|Date:||Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:15:43 +1100|
A more thorough response now I'm at a keyboard.I got Stephen Debus's excellent Field guide of Australian Raptors a few years ago and it has changed the way I look at them. The points you have picked up are the right diagnostics to look for. For many of them their habits are diagnostic; hovering on the side of the highway? Kestrel or Black Shouldered Kite. Soaring miles in the air leaving you wondering if it's a Cessna? Probably a Wedge-Tail. Then the ones which are similar, like the kites, look to the tail next. The Square-Tail really does have a dead square tail, but the spread fingertips help, and white spots under the wings. Black Kites are better remembered as Fork-Tailed Kites, and I usually identify Whistlers by "does it look like it slept in a bin last night?"
All of that said, this sounds very much like a Square-Tailed Kite. A cracking bird! We had a breeding pair near our old house in the Blue Mountains and I saw them regularly. magnificent things and the Noisy Miners hate them above all other birds.
On 21 January 2014 05:42, Evan Beaver <> wrote:
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