Sounds like you had a good outing for some of our endemics (apart from
A local birder was there on the same day, and reports (both verbally
and visually -see his blog at www.tassiebirds.blogspot.com) seeing two
Brown Falcons chasing and fighting one another - perhaps a territorial
dispute. Great photos on the Blog.
Maybe this is why the Brown you saw was in amongst the trees - either
fleeing the other bird, or pursuing it. Interesting that both of you
seem to have reported on pretty much the same incident!
On Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 08:18 AM, Steve wrote:
I was in the Peter Murrell Reserve (Kingston, Tasmania) last Thursday,
looking for endemic Pardalotes etc. Between the first and second dam
were two Brown Falcons which seemed very interested in a particularly
large gum tree. This is close to the edge of the forested area and
nearby is a large cleared area with housing developments. Fairly
typical BF habitat. Later on I was in a densely wooded area, well
away from the reserve edge and a large raptor silently whoooshed past
me (if one can whoosh silently?). It perched low in a tree and I
raised the binoculars for a Brown Goshawk. No, it was a Brown Falcon.
I've never seen a BF in such dense forest. People who have been to
the reserve will attest that the tree cover on the slopes is quite
dense. HANZAB reports BFs in such forests if they have chased
something in. It seems to have been seldom recorded however.
Other birds seen included Tasmanian Native-Hen, Yellow Wattlebird,
Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Black-headed Honeyeater, Dusky Robin,
Green Rosella, Scarlet Robin, Beautiful Firetail, Little Wattlebird
and Crescent Honeyeater. No Forty-spotted Pardalotes on this visit.
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