birding-aus Banded Brown Falcons at Werribee

Subject: birding-aus Banded Brown Falcons at Werribee
From: "Paul McDonald" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1999 20:31:07 +1000
Hi All, 

As part of my PhD studies I have been catching and banding 
Brown Falcons throughout the Western Treatment Plant at 
Werribee. I will be looking at territory size and fidelity etc, so if any 
of you are in the area and see a banded falcon, can you please 
make a note of when and where and pass it on to me? The colour 
banding scheme is the typical 2 colours on left and one colour over 
service on right tarsus. Colour bands are either: Red, Black, Green 
or Blue. The latter two can be a bit difficult to pick in poor light.

Most banded birds are on the northern side of Little River, although 
I will be working on the south side in the next couple of weeks so 
birds may turn up anywhere. The birds are also starting to nest in 
the last week or two, so if you know of a nest I would also be keen 
to hear from you.

My contact details in the field are Mbl: 0414 853 142, 

my home number while down here is 03 52242938. 

I would also appreciate it if you happen to see any of the traps I 
have set up down there that you try not to alarm the birds within 
them, they are checked frequently, if you have specific problems 
feel free to ring the mobile number.

Also, if you happen to be looking at a Pectoral Sandpiper, Long-
toed Stint, Northern Shoveller etc, a phone call would definitely be 

I hope I am not pushing it, but if you know of others working out at 
Werribee I would be keen to hear of what else is going on.

Cheers and happy birding,
Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald
Division of Botany and Zoology
School of Life Sciences
Australian National University
Canberra, A.C.T.
Australia       0200

Ph: +61 6 249 2536
Fax: +61 6 249 5573
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