No obvious owls in the garden over the last couple of days, but raptors
aplenty are around.
Today, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Black-shouldered
Kite, Collared Sparrowhawk, Spotted Harrier, Brown Falcon, Black Falcon and
Nankeen Kestrel. To be accurate, only the Collared Sparrowhawk actually in
the garden - the others either over or seen from the verandah.
When I went out mid-morning, I found there was a gang of pickers harvesting
tomatoes just down the road from us, and kites and falcons were cruising at
various levels over that paddock - Black Falcon the highest and most
wide-ranging, above Brown Falcons, down to Whistling Kites and Black Kites
often just over the pickers' heads.
Maybe mice were scattering as the team of pickers went through the vines;
perhaps the Kites were interested in what they had brought with them for
lunch. I've often seen Black Falcons harassing other raptors, so maybe it
was there for any opportunistic pickings.
I don't suppose the tomatoes played any role in all this.
Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
(27º 34' 21" S; 152º 08' 21" E)
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