Raptors near Brisbane

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Subject: Raptors near Brisbane
From: "Birding Services Brisbane" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 21:03:58 +1000
Like Chris Sanderson, I was at Gatton on Thursday and saw the massed Plumed Whistling-Ducks etc at UQ Gatton. Red-rumped Parrots are quite common in the Lockyer and at the College.

However the highlight of the day was near Lake Clarenden, just near the school. A local farmer was ploughing and there was a mixed flock of raptors circling nearby (with some on the ground also). It included at least 12 Whistling Kites, 10 or so Black Kites, 2 Brown Falcons (one light one dark) 1 Black Falcon and a pair of Kestrels. The falcons were all having a go at the kites from time to time and the kestrels would have a go at the falcons.. It was a good opportunity to compare the Black and Brown Falcons at fairly close range. As we drove off a Peregrine Falcon flew past and landed in a nearby tree. We had great views of all species.

Yesterday at Tinchi Tamba Wetlands just on the north side of Brisbane, we saw a Black-shouldered Kite attacking a pair of Whistling Kites in flight. It hit one several times and actually knocked some flight feathers out of one wing. A few hours later we were near Dayboro (30 km nw of Brisbane) when we saw a Grey Goshawk circling. We stopped and as we watched, it was set upon by 4 Pacific Bazas, all calling loudly. The Bazas were doing typical stoops as they came in from above the goshawk which took evasive action each time. It eventually said enough was enough and flew off.


Roy Sonnenburg
Birding Services Brisbane
Ph 07 32566952 Fax 07 32567692


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