Re: birding-aus A MAGIC DAY 31/7/99

Subject: Re: birding-aus A MAGIC DAY 31/7/99
From: Julian Bielewicz <>
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 1999 15:16:21 +1000
Following on from Edwin Vella's MAGIC DAY, the weekend started out well for
Fay and I.  

On returning from school Friday afternoon, I had Brahminy Kite (Haliastur
indus) hunting between the old Hornibrooke Highway bridge (the
"rollercoaster acquaduct" spanning Bramble Bay and joining the Redcliffe
Peninsula - 35km NNE of Brisbane - to the "mainland") and its more recent
replacement, the Houghton Highway bridge (also an acquduct but with fewer
"thrills" built in).  A little further along a magnificent Osprey (Pandion
haliaetus) adorned the top of one of the lightpoles along the bridge.

Returning to school on Saturday morning (yes, contrary to some popular
misconceptions some teachers do work beyond 9-3, Monday-Friday) the kite was
back but had been joined by two ospreys!

To cap the day, on returning home Fay informed me that the (actually,
strictly speaking "a") Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrhocephalus) had
returned to the backyard, eyeing not the chooks but House Sparrow (Passer
domesticus) feeding on the chook grain.


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