Raptors again

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Subject: Raptors again
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 17:31:07 +1000
Following up on yesterday's posting, (Grey Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk,
White-bellied Sea-eagle & Brown Goshawk) our afternoon sortie added another
five raptors: Whistling Kite, Little Eagle, Swamp Harrier and
Black-shouldered Kite (all in the same view!) with lots of Nankeen Kestrels
along the way, as well as several other Whistling Kites, including one
sitting on a tree-top nest.

This-morning's breakfast was virtually bird-of-prey free, only Nankeen
Kestrels and a distant Wedge-tailed Eagle. Amanda announced that she was in
raptor-withdrawal and needed another hit, so we went up to favourite spot
close by in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range where we found Brown
Falcon, a few Wedge-tailed Eagles (or just possibly one, several times) and
a Spotted Harrier, who obligingly came straight overhead.

Enough! So, back to Abberton for a lazy lunch by the creek. But the raptors
wouldn't stop coming. Brown Goshawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle, a Swamp Harrier and
another Spotted Harrier which flew straight along the creek at verandah
12 raptor species today and yesterday, but no Hobby!!
I suggested back in May that that was the best time for raptors in this part
of the world (south-east Queensland). I guess it would have been more
appropriate to say May onwards to the end of winter.
Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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