Brown Falcon in forest

Subject: Brown Falcon in forest
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 15:43:03 +1000
Hi all,

In Oct-Nov 2002 after extensive bushfires in the area, Brown Falcons were turing up in dense forest throughout the Blue Mountains, although these were mostly either in or near burnt habitat. They are not usually seen in such places before or since that period.


Carol Probets
Blue Mountains, NSW

At 8:18 AM +1000 16/5/06, Steve Clark 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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