Brown Falcon in forest

To: Steve <>
Subject: Brown Falcon in forest
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 09:07:55 +1000
Sounds like you had a good outing for some of our endemics (apart from the 40-spots)!

A local birder was there on the same day, and reports (both verbally and visually -see his blog at 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!

John Tongue

On Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 08:18  AM, Steve wrote:

G'day all

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.


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic


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