Possible Black Falcon

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Subject: Possible Black Falcon
From: "Norman J Cooney" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 20:39:02 +1100
Please indulge me I am not all that experienced at ID certain species.  I do seem to have trouble with raptors.
At about 4pm today 27 November at Point Cook Coastal Park at the first parking area I watched a flock of about 30 to 40 starlings being harassed by two "falcons" These birds were flying at the starlings and then would sour high and turn and fly back through the flock. I watched for about 20 minutes and did not see that either bird actually take any birds.
I thought they could be Black Falcons. These birds appeared to be the size of Silver gulls possibly bigger, but not much and they were all dark in colour, I was about 200 or so metres away and could not distinguished any white around the head or neck. This to me eliminated Peregrine and Brown Falcons.
Could these two birds be Black Falcons, if so they will be a new lifer for me. Has anyone seen these Birds Pt Cook before? I believe that Black Falcon have been seen at Werribee.
Thanks for your time
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