Square Tail Kites over Lapstone

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Subject: Square Tail Kites over Lapstone
From: "Evan Beaver" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 14:33:42 +1100
Good arvo Birders,

I've had absolutely crippling views or a couple of Square-Tailed Kites
over our house in Lapstone this past week. The first was a mature
bird, in good plumage, quartering in their characteristic fashion back
and forth between the big euco's and over the roof-tops.

The second was an embarrassingly plumaged bird, probably coming into
it's second year. Feathers missing from the tail, patchy colour on the
wings and underbody, even a couple of primaries missing. I'd been
training for rockclimbing in the back yard, fell off and landed flat
on my back, looked up and found this youngster circling not 10m above
me. Perhaps eyeing a future meal? I then got up and wandered around
after it for a while, watching as it investigated all the trees,
slowly quartering and descending until it got close enough to the
ground and rode the thermal over the road (it was a hot day) back up
to normal operational height. If anyone wants to see these birds
they've been fairly common lately and fairly easy to find. Just listen
for the panicked cries of the Noisy Miners and keep an eye out between
the trees. I've seen them virtually every day for the last week now.


Evan Beaver
Lapstone, Blue Mountains, NSW
lat=-33.77, lon=150.64

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