Square-tailed Kite, Black Falcon..

Subject: Square-tailed Kite, Black Falcon..
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 19:57:48 +1100

  Hi all, I had a fantastic raptor day today (25/1/07) with the
  highlights being a Sqaure-tailed Kite and Black Falcon, and I wasn't
  even intentionally birding.

  Heading home from Melbourne this morning I saw a large Black Falcon
  pass over (I stopped to check ID) the Hume Freeway at Beveridge.
  Judging by the large size this bird could have been a female.

  Travelling home into Broadford along the Sunday Creek Road I saw a
  raptor circling very low over box trees on the edge of town adjacent
  to the golf course. Stopped to check ID and to my surprise it was an
  adult Square-tailed Kite. The bird was observed for about 10 minutes
  and seemed to work its way, very low, through and over the canopy of
  trees on the golf course and around gardens on the edge of town.
  Aamzing bird!

  Other raptor sightings around Broadford today also included a pair of
  Peregrine Falcon and three Wedge-tailed Eagles. Sightings have
  been forwarded to Birdline Victoria.

  Michael Ramsey, Broadford, Vic.

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