mystery raptor

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Subject: mystery raptor
From: Kim Sterelny <>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2003 18:53:16 +1000
Hi All

At about 4.15 this afternoon, walking down from the Black Mountain tower in Canberra, and just coming out onto the road that seperates the Botanical Gardens from the ANU campus, , I saw a mysterious raptor. I was first alerted by a series of extraodinary calls - very loud, very harsh; repeated, unlike anything I know. I was not even sure whether it was a bird at all. And then while I was hopelessly fumbling in my bag to get my bins out, a raptor emerged at about treetop high from the ANU side 50 or so meters away, crossed the road and disappeared over the botanical gardens, giving a couple of those calls as it went. I got no view of its head or face marking/colour (my angle was wrong), but it was long-tailed, grey, and flew with powerful, but slow and deep wing-beats. Quite a big bird; certainly bigger than any of the local cockatoos (id guess about palm cockatoo size)

any suggestions?

Kim Sterelny
Philosophy Program
Philosophy Department
Victoria University Wellington


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