Whistling Kite

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Subject: Whistling Kite
From: "Wynton" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 17:11:04 +0800
Hi Birders,
Have just returned from a visit to Booragoon Swamp located 15 kms form the Perth CBD.
Noticed a Whistling Kite fly past a  Paperbark tree and skilfully remove some bark as it banked. It then flew to a tree in the eastern part of the swamp where another Whistling Kite was perched.
Although partly obscured, could make  out a partly completed nest.The perched bird then flew off and i could see the original bird breaking off branches and placing them on the nest.
Nice to see such a large raptor nesting in the metro area.
Booragoon Swamp is a very important breeding swamp for Black Cormorants, Little Black Cormorants, Darters and other species such as White Ibis.
On 28 February 2001 saw the first large feeding flock of Little Blacks on the Swan River for 2001, comprised about 2250 birds.The Little Blacks breed in large numbers at Booragoon and to my knowledge this is the only significant breeding swamp in metro Perth.
For those birders travelling to Perth, Booragoon is cetainly worth a visit. A boardwalk takes you into a part of the swamp and excellent views are obtained.   
Good birding.
Wynton Maddeford
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