birding-aus Swamp Harrier prey

Subject: birding-aus Swamp Harrier prey
From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 23:37:12 +1100

>Another interesting observation in the same area was a pair of first year
>Swamp Harriers disturbed with a Pied Cormorant carcase (more than half
>consumed) right at the road edge - road kill??.  A mature Swamp Harrier was
>a few metres away in the adjacent paddock.  Perhaps a parent educating the
>juveniles in food opportunism??
>Regards,  Bob Cook

On the unsealed road to Kirk Point at Werribee (Vic) last Saturday David
Morrison (a visiting overseas birder) and I saw a mature Swamp Harrier
eating a fully-grown rabbit which it tried unsuccessfully to fly off with
at our approach.  A kill?  HANZAB reports:  "FOOD   Take small mammals, up
to size of adult hare, rabbits, birds and eggs, large insects, frogs, fish
and reptiles."  A Pied Cormorant???

From:    Dr Richard Nowotny,
             Melbourne, Australia.
             Tel. (w) 61-3-9214.1420

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