Re: Raptor chasing galahs

To: "Dylan O'Donnell" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Re: Raptor chasing galahs
From: "Philip A Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 12:03:42 +1100
Better raptor experts than I have proved the point that Peregrines eat
Galahs. However that certainly doesn't add much of a clue to your id. I
think that raptor will have to stay a UFO. I'd have little doubt that Black
Falcons relish Galahs too, as apparently do Grey Falcons, if you believe
published photos. Falcons sometimes fly at flocks of potential prey in a
style that suggests they are not hunting, and why not, they do have other
things to do. I recall in about 1977 a Black Falcon casually flying through
a flock of Pigeons at La Trobe Uni. They parted in front of it and regrouped
after it went through.
-----Original Message-----
From: Dylan O'Donnell <>
To:  <>
Date: Tuesday, 26 January 1999 22:06
Subject: Raptor chasing galahs

>Just yesterday I observed 3-4 galahs being chased quite casually by what I
>could only ID as either a Peregrine or Black Falcon. I only saw the
>shillouette so I could not distinguish it as being either. It was so casual
>one may have even thought they were simply flying together!
>If Phillip's comments about Peregrines having a taste for Galahs are true
>can I then assume that the bird was a black falcon? Or course I won't
>a guess for my own lists or atlas surveys but it is intersting to
>Dylan O'Donnell
>Soon to be offically released
>Australian Digital Music Online
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