Square-tailed Kites over suburban areas

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Subject: Square-tailed Kites over suburban areas
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2003 08:20:16 +1000
> But to cap it off, when I went into Gatton this-afternoon, a Square-tailed
> Kite was patrolling over Lockyer State High School and the surrounding
> houses. When Square-tailed Kites show up in the valley, this is a regular
> location for them - presumably feeding from the tree- tops in the
> well-wooded gardens in that part of town. I spent five tricky minutes
> following it round the suburb as best I could, keeping one eye on the
> and one on the road - but gave it up as too dangerous an exercise when I
> looked down from the kite to find myself outside the high school just as
> was emptying into the street.
Hi Bill

Square-tailed Kites are certainly one of my best raptors but one I don't
encounter too often despite them being a regular visitor (or resident?) to
the Sydney area. They don't seem to be bothered about hunting over Suburban
areas too. Places that I have seen them over suburbia include South Windsor
and McGrath's Hill (in Sydney's west) and early this year at Culburra in the
NSW south coast (and not too far from the beach either). At such times, I
find myself following the bird (as Bill mentions above) as it moves street
to street flying low over peoples backyards or very low over my car getting
awesome views. They are not particularly that wary either.

Edwin Vella

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