Re: Black Falcon

To: "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Subject: Re: Black Falcon
From: Andrew Peter Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 19:01:35 +1000
Conole, Lawrie wrote:
> With all this chatter about good birds, bad birds, etc., it does depend
> a bit on the circumstances, how good the view was, and so on.  A group
> of us (Stuart Dashper, Susan Myers, Malea Kneen, Mike McLeish, me)
> yesterday got what could could only be described as a crippling view of
> a Black Falcon.  We were pulling in to the bottom of Pyramid Hill in
> northern Victoria near Kerang, it was about 40 degrees C in the shade.
> Watching one of a number of Black Kites soaring around, we caught sight
> of a big, black, long-tailed falcon which buzzed the kite on its way
> through.  The falcon landed in a tree near the road.  Black Falcons are
> ALWAYS good to see, but it was a lifer for Mike and Malea, so we drove
> down and parked near the tree.  There was the Black Falcon in full view
> about 15m away - sensational!  Black Falcons strike fear into just about
> anything avian out on the plains, and it's clear why when viewed closely
> - huge muscular torso, big long-taloned feet.  Such an impressive bird!
> Lawrie Conole
> 58 Holden Street, Fitzroy North 3068 Victoria, AUSTRALIA
> Phone AH (03) 9486 4575
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Your posting about your recent view of the Black Falcon at Pyramid Hill reminds 
me of a 
sighting I made in January this year near Proston, Queensland.

I was driving up one of those corrugated dirt (and bitumin) roads to see one of 
dryland cultivation dairy farmers when I noticed this "big black thing" sitting 
still on top of a 3 metre high old telephone pole, just inside the fenceline 
off the 
road, a matter of 10 metres away once I braked and reversed to an opposite view.

I had the most incredible close-up view (without binoculars) of an immaculate 
Falcon obviously taking a breather from its normal duties. It calmly sat there 
and just 
stared back. In fact, most of the sightings I have made of Black Falcons 
(mostly on the 
Darling Downs in Qld) have been solitary birds at rest. They are literally 
being very large for a falcon and so powerfully built, and of course 
predominantly dark 
in features with the falcon silhouette and head. I have seen Black Falcons on a 
of occasions on the cultivated plains of the Darling Downs and South Burnett, 
and they 
are the sort of bird that one never forgets.

I have seen all but one of Australia's falcon/kestrel species: you guessed it, 
missing link is our very elusive and rare Grey Falcon.

If anybody would like to have a go at seeing this bird, try having a look up 
Pincott Rd, 
about 50 km west of Proston, off the Mundubbera-Durong Rd near Durong. In fact, 
Durong-Mundubbera Road (about 90 km of it) is lined with bush verge and it 
produces something different if you pull off and sit and wait.

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