Black Falcons and Rubbish Tips

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Subject: Black Falcons and Rubbish Tips
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 17:53:31 +1000
David Hollands Book "Eagle Hawks and Falcons of Australia"  P201 quotes about the Black Falcon "will pirate food from other raptors and comes to carrion more readilly than any other Australian falcon". Now after seeing them at 2 tips, I am wondering how many other Black Falcons have gone unoticed at other tips. However after seeing them 4 times this year at the East Maitland tip over 2 hours, I have mainly seen (presumably both male and female) Black Falcons going after the mob of Starlings or causing havoc to the other residents (Gulls, Ibis etc) probably just for the fun of it. As Hollands mentions "Of all the Hawks, the Black Falcon is the cavalier, active, audacious and forever ready to provoke an incident." (sounds a bit like me...only kidding!). 
Edwin Vella  
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