Re: Brown falcons and snakes

To: "John Clifton-Everest" <>
Subject: Re: Brown falcons and snakes
From: "Philip A Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 17:01:32 +1100
John Clifton-Everest asked: Do snakes commonly form the prey of Brown
The answer is yes, Brown Falcons have frequently been noted with snakes as
prey, although these are adhoc records and I don't know if anyone has
established how typical that is.  This food may often be taken as carrion
from roadsides. I have seen one Brown Falcon thieving a snake from another
at the roadside.
Philip Veerman - Coordinator of the ARA Prey Record Scheme 1980 to 1996
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From: John Clifton-Everest <>
To: Birding-aus <>
Date: Monday, 2 November 1998 17:19
Subject: Brown falcons and snakes

>On a a trip to Shortland, Newcastle, at the weekend, which produced a
>nice list of species but nothing out of the ordinary, the highlight was
>a Brown Falcon with what was undoubtedly a snake, by appearance most
>probably a black snake, in its talons.  It flew over, about fifty feet
>up and looking very much as though it knew where it was going.  Do
>snakes commonly form the prey of Brown Falcons?
>A follow-up visit to Stockton Bridge produced a trio of Terek
>Sandpipers, confidently identified in the scope despite near-hurricane
>John Clifton-Everest

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