Birding start to the day

Subject: Birding start to the day
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 09:22:53 +1000

From: Martin  on 01/02/2000 09:22 AM

Subject:  Birding start to the day

What a way to start the day.

While in the gym on the 12th floor of our department office in East Melbourne
(Aust.) this morning  I noticed a small raptor on top of a television aerial
plucking an even smaller passerine.  Plucked feathers were gently floating off
into the air and the sun shone off the back of what is our local Australian
Hobby Falco longipennis.  This is about a km from the Melbourne GPO.

There is at  least a pair of the birds in the city and I have also seen
Peregrines, Australian Kestrels and sometimes a  Brown Goshawk out near home in
inner suburban Richmond about 3km away.

What other raptorial experiences have city workers had?

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9412 4567
Fax: 9412 4586
(prefixes: Interstate 03 International 613)

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