I was just about to say that. It looks quite familiar actually; I looked at
the photo and felt I knew it. I'm up at Lapstone and we've been seeing a
pair quite regularly, of which your photo shows one. Dick Turner, my good
neighbour, thinks it a young bird, the plumage is quite variable.
On 4/11/06, Peter Ewin <> wrote:
> Definitely Square-tailed Kite. The fingering and the pale face are
> ID signs. Not certain of age.
> A good sighting (probably migrating north for the winter).
> >From: "Mike Simpson" <>
> >To: "Birding-Aus (E-mail)" <>
> >Subject: [birding-aus] Raptor ID
> >Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 20:26:03 +1000
> >At the risk of being criticized once more for asking for help here, I
> >appreciate help with the following bird ID.
> >I was sitting in my yard without my books or bins, but with my camera to
> >hand when I heard a lot of commotion in the surrounding trees, and the
> >bird circled at low level followed by squadrons of Ravens, Noisy Miners
> >Magpie Larks.
> >I managed to grab a couple of shots before it flew away. The bird had a
> >light coloured head and square cut tail and was very large even when
> >compared to a Raven.
> >I am thinking of an immature Square-tailed Kite from my book, but would
> >this confirmed/debunked etc.
> >Regards, Mike Simpson
> >Penrith, NSW, Australia
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