I went there this afternoon for about 2 hours, at least not hot today. Not many birds. No sign of the harriers. But the other main reason for going was the
Brown Songlarks (perhaps two pairs near the two dams on the left) and the Horsfield’s Bushlarks, that were available for viewing (with some patience). Only raptors I saw were one Wedge-tailed Eagle and one Brown Falcon (plus a Collared Sparrowhawk in the last
suburb just before Parkwood Road). Other birds worth mentioning but not mentioned by others - that I have noticed - were 2 Pink-eared Ducks on the dam & one Cisticola, that one making up the full set of that group perhaps.
From: Con Boekel [
Sent: Monday, 28 January, 2019 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Parkwood Road Birds
As Steve noted, very congenial company this morning.
I arrived too late for the Hobby that flew too close to photograph, but was able to catch very distant views of a Swamp Harrier harrying a small flock of Galahs. It gave up soon after this image was taken.
After all the heat it was wonderful to be out in beautiful country in reasonable temperatures enjoying the birdlife.
On 1/28/2019 10:59 AM, Steve Read wrote:
Another good morning at Parkwood Road, NSW, with a very congenial group of birders, produced both harriers: one Swamp Harrier (adult) and one Spotted Harrier (whether immature
or adult I won’t venture). The harriers interacted a few times before flying off separately. So I need to amend my chat-line post from Saturday (below) because (as others have also noted) both species of harriers are present there.
Also several Wedge-tailed Eagle, a Hobby chasing and diving on a Willie Wagtail around and among the early-arrived birders, plus Kestrel, Brown Falcon and Black-shouldered
Kite, which totalled seven raptors. And of course many songlarks, skylarks, bushlarks and pipits.