Interesting raptors at Werribee

Subject: Interesting raptors at Werribee
From: "Paul McDonald" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 18:58:27 +1100
Hi Birders, 

Just a quick email of some interesting raptor sightings in and 
around the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Vic. I have not 
confirmed nest sites for obvious reasons, for those concerned the 
area covered is over 150 square kms so people will have a great 
deal of searching if they want to find them!

Black kites nesting. Probably on eggs or young chicks at this 
stage but I haven't had a chance to confirm which.

One wedge-tailed eagle chick all but ready to fledge.

Male Collared Sparrowhawk tail chasing goldfinches flushed from a 
row of melaleucas out into the open. Once one was out in the open 
the SH stayed between the prey and the trees and gradually wore 
one down. Very impressive to watch. 

Young Brown Falcon hunting fairy martins by swooping from a few 
metres above them. He tried a few times but was unsuccessful.

Male hobby caught a female house sparrow by coming up and over 
a bush, flushing birds out into open and grabbing one with one 
seemed ridiculous ease on the way through.

Happy birding,
Paul McDonald
Please report all sightings of colour banded Brown Falcons:
Ph: 03 5224 2938
Mbl: 0410 679 022

Paul McDonald
Division of Botany and Zoology
School of Life Sciences
Australian National University
Canberra, A.C.T.
Australia 0200
Ph:  +61 02 6125 2536
Fax: +61 02 6125 5573
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