Oriental Pratincole update

To: Tim Dolby <>
Subject: Oriental Pratincole update
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 11:24:58 +1000
Tim Dolby wrote:

* Possible Black Falcon at the pratincole site at Austin Rd - very dark
(black) bird, large, a strong distinctive flight with broad
shoulders, but unconvinced about the leg length - perhaps too long?

One of the key features of the Black Falcon (when you get a good look at one in flight) is the long tail. It really sticks out a fair way! ... and this contrasts it strongly with a silhouetted Peregrine for example. Brown Falcons even in their darkest plumage variants just don't fly like real falcons.

Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology

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