Good birds at Altona Coastal Park, Melbourne

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Subject: Good birds at Altona Coastal Park, Melbourne
From: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 14:33:36 +1000
Hi all,

I went to Altona Coastal Park today (part of the Jawbone Reserve between
Seaholme and Williamstown) to have a poke around and try and photograph a
Striated Fieldwren (which I failed to do).  I saw some great birds while
there, including 5 raptors.  The first was a juvenile Brown Goshawk cruising
over the salt marsh looking very uncomfortable in the strong winds.  He
eventually high-tailed to back to the treeline.  Shortly after I saw a
Whistling Kite over the bay, not unsurprising but still my first for the
area.  The next one did surprise me - a Black Falcon came whistling over the
saltmarsh at high speed.   Having seen a Black Falcon a few weeks earlier at
the nearby Cherry Lake, I wonder if this one is sticking around for a
while?  As the Black Falcon got to the edge of the saltmarsh another raptor
let out an almighty cry and launched at it.  The new bird was a Peregrine
Falcon, probably a male as it looked tiny compared to the Black Falcon.  The
two went off with the Peregrine chasing the Black til they were out of
sight.  Shortly after I spied another raptor, a dark morph Little Eagle,
just as it was about to be attacked by the returning Peregrine Falcon.

As well as the great raptor action going on, I saw a Spiny-cheeked and a
Singing Honeyeater in the bushes along the beach next to the saltmarsh.  I
did see a couple of Striated Fieldwrens but they didn't pose today.


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