Bird killed by hobby identification help

To: "'charles davis'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Bird killed by hobby identification help
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:14:30 +1100
Hi Charles,
Great action photo of the Hobbies. I am suspecting from the size difference, time of year and rich red colour of the lower bird that this is a father dropping food to a daughter. Unless the lower bird is a partner and they have chicks still in a nest somewhere. Sorry but I think any attempt to ID the prey to species level from that would be futile. From what shows of the foot, it looks like a passerine. At a guess a small honeyeater, sparrow, pipit.......
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From: charles davis [
Sent: Sunday, 16 February 2014 12:04 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bird killed by hobby identification help

Hi guys, I photographed this pair of  hobby's exchanging food on my farm the other day but cannot work out what the bird is that they were swapping over. My farm in Cooma so pretty much all the same birds as the ACT. From what I can make out it is a brown, white and maybe a little black in colour. The hobby carrying the bird is the male and is a little smaller then the female. I am guessing he is about the size of a Kestral and just a little smaller then a galah.  The photo has nearly been cropped to 100% so zooming in any more is not really an option. Could be a grass bird.  
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