Re: Grey Falcon

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: Re: Grey Falcon
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 13:22:16 +1000
So here is an interesting concept. All the Grey Falcons (and whatever) out there have this conspiracy to only turn up when they have done a survey to ensure that only the very experienced observers are on site, as a precaution against "beginner's luck". Isn't it a bit silly to imply that there is "beginner's luck" operating. The bird is (or is not) there for its own reasons. Beginners are as likely to see things as anyone else, if they are in the right place and aware. As for knowing how to identify something, well that is another matter. As for the Grey Falcon, I think I have only twice seen one but the circumstances both times were inadequate, once so brief and the other time so distant, I really can't be sure, but neither time what I think I saw matches nothing else better.
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From: Chris Coleborn <>
To: Birding Australia <>
Date: Tuesday, 29 May 2001 20:17
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Re: Grey Falcon

'Day Russell  & All,

I am afraid it does happen Russell - some call it beginner's luck!  I think
it quite feasible that your father saw a Grey Falcon at Kow Swamp (Nth
Victoria).  Chris T lists some or the more recent sightings of which I've
also heard. Some of the long time birdwatchers of the area report them as
turning up "from time to time". It would be interesting to note what time of
the year the other sightings were observed. It seems fairly typical to me to
have GF's perch on a power pole.

Like Chris T I would be most interested in the exact location of the
sighting. Keep an eye out for me in the area if you get to Kow Swamp Chris


Chris Coleborn
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