Black Falcons and Rubbish Tips

Subject: Black Falcons and Rubbish Tips
From: simon starr <>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 21:23:29 +1000
Edwin Vella quotes that Black Falcons are "cavalier,active,audacious and forever ready to provoke an incident"
Reminded me of a couple of  "incidents" that I've witnessed here (near Pyramid Hill,N.Vic).
I was watching a Black-shouldered Kite in the top of a sugar gum just returned from a successful mouse hunt.It then started screeching and carrying on,turning it's head to look skyward.I could see nothing obvious but it continued calling in an alarmed way.I then spotted a Black Falcon still quite high up(or was it a stealth bomber!?).It proceeded to decend quite rapidly at which point the Kite took off.As the Black Falcon closed in the Kite dropped it's meal,still screeching and managed to avoid the close attention of the Falcon as it swooped by.Strangely the BF didn't seem too interested in the dropped mouse.Perhaps it was just being a bully!
In Feb 2001 I spotted 2 Black Falcons circling high up in a thermal.After watching them for some time I noticed a Little Eagle in the same thermal.They circled around together and then I saw another raptor,and another.2 Brown Falcons had joined the party.By this time I'd well and tru;y set up my deckchair to enjoy the spectacle.Incredibly another raptor then appeared...a Spotted Harrier.At this point the birds were rising fast.I watched until they were dots in the atmosphere and finally they disappeared!!!
I watched and waited. It was some time before a dot reappeared.A Brown Falcon was re-entering the atmosphere!,it must have dropped a thousand feet in a few seconds and came back to it's home patch(a few Black Box trees across the road).
Were the Black Falcons the instigators of this spectacle?!
Cheers Simon Starr.
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