Identifying Raptors at 110kph

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Subject: Identifying Raptors at 110kph
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 16:29:16 +1100
Just guessing, as I haven't seen many raptors yet.  Could it be a Little
Eagle?  I saw one a few days ago and had a lot of trouble working out
what it was because the guides didn't show the white on the wings as
white as what I saw.  There's some good pictures at
42&p=8&pagesize=1, assuming the photographers got the identity right.

Peter Shute

> Belting home along the M4 this afternoon I almost caused an
> accident trying to identify a raptor. Spotted on the South
> side of the road, just past the western end of Prospect
> Reservoir. If I didn't know better I would have said it was
> an Osprey, so I'm baffled. The view, not surprisingly, wasn't
> great, but I caught a few details. It was pounding hard to
> gain altitude with long deep flaps. Wings were thinner near
> the body than the tips, which were spread similarly to a
> Square Tail; fingers spread. The problem was the marking.
> Brown bars along the leading and trailing edges, and bold
> white down the center. The brown was similar to a juvenille
> Brahminy, though I wouldn't think the body shape was right
> for a Brahminy, and it would be well out of range wouldn't
> it? So my best guess is an oddly plumaged Whistling, or
> failing that, a young Brahminy Kite. In which case, I'm going back
> for a better look.
> Any comments?

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