Help with raptor ID

Subject: Help with raptor ID
From: Steve <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 20:15:37 +1100
G'day all

On Tuesday I did a quick atlas survey at St Georges Lake in Creswick,
central Victoria.  I saw a raptor which I can't identify.

My first thought was a very pale morph Little Eagle as it had similar
underwing markings.  The solid bar of colour at the front of the
underwing was almost rufous and stood out against the mostly whitish
remainder.  There were also bulls-eyes which stood out reasonably well
towards the underwing tips.  The wings were quite upswept but not as
angled as a harrier.  The bird circled over the middle of the lake a
couple of times then was driven into the thick forest on the far side by
a Grey Currawong.

The closest thing in Pizzey and Knight seems to be a Square-tailed Kite
(a new species for me).  I didn't pay enough attention to things like
tail markings.

I'd appreciate any comments on this raptor and would especially like to
know if anyone has seen Square-tailed Kites in this area recently.  It
might be worth a short stop if you are in the area.


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic

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