Identifying Raptors at 110kph

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Subject: Identifying Raptors at 110kph
From: "Evan Beaver" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 15:42:39 +1100
Good afternoon Birders,

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?

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

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