Brahminy Kites creeping south

Subject: Brahminy Kites creeping south
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 10:25:50 +1000
Last week while holidaying at Lake Cathie, 15 km south of Port Macquarie, 
I was not at all surprised to Brahminy Kites.  These birds were regularly 
picked up by the Hunter Thickhead twitchathon team in their early days at 
Camden Haven just to the south.  They are also regularly seen on the 
Manning and occasionally on the Hunter.

However, as a boy growing up in Wauchope in the 1970's I used to go 
fishing, and birding, quite a bit around Port Macquarie and Brahminy Kites 
were never seen.  Having made that statement, Alan Morris probably has 
information to the contrary.  Certainly I never saw them.  The first one I 
ever saw was at Sawtell near Coffs Harbour.

It has been interesting to see the expansion of range of this species 
southward.  It has also been interesting to see the expansion of other 
littoral species such as the Beach Thick-knee and the increase in numbers 
of Ospreys.

David Geering

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