Re: Possible Grey Falcon at Fivebough Swamp, Leeton, NSW?

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Subject: Re: Possible Grey Falcon at Fivebough Swamp, Leeton, NSW?
From: "Troy Mutton" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:11:06 +1000
Thanks everyone! I'm very happy that this is a Grey Falcon. 

I'd also like to clarify that when I said "it was rubbish" I was referring to 
my visit, at that time, on that day - not to Fivebough itself. I've had mixed 
results there over the years, but that's what happens with places one goes 
birding at. Everyone should visit it at least once and make up their own mind - 
who knows - you may even luck upon a Grey Falcon!



From: Troy Mutton 
To:  <> 
Sent: Tue Apr 20 18:57:42 2010
Subject: Possible Grey Falcon at Fivebough Swamp, Leeton, NSW? 

Hi birders,


On the weekend I was returning from a brilliant evening out spotlighting 
Plains-wanderers with Simon Starr (and 2 other birders from Melbourne), when I 
swung by Fivebough Swamp on the way back to Wagga Wagga. It was rubbish. There 
was nothing about except for hundreds of dragon-flies, and lots of ants.


I was cursing my decision to head there instead of going straight to Wagga to 
watch the Demons belt Ninthmond in the AFL, when I started taking photos of a 
Brown Goshawk flying overhead. I then noticed a slightly smaller falcon flying 
slightly below it, and took the requisite ID record shot photos of it, thinking 
“hmm – what’s that?” I got the bins on it realizing I didn’t quite know what it 
was, tracked it into the sun, got dazzled and couldn’t relocate the bird after 
I regained the power of sight. Put down “weird Peregrine, check photos” in the 
notebook, and jumped in the car to continue on my 2 part journey home. It was 
also quite a glary midday/afternoon, with light cloud obscuring the sun, making 
the photos pretty dark.


I arrived back in Sydney last night, and got the photos off the camera and onto 
the screen, and thought to myself – this is a Grey Falcon, or a good candidate 
for it.


I’ve never seen one before, and would appreciate the assistance of the broader 
birding community in helping me work out if this is, or isn’t, a Grey Falcon. is the 100% crop of 4 
photos showing the bird in question. You can see the fairly bright yellow legs 
and in the shot in the top left you can see it looking up at the goshawk, which 
shows a bit of crown.


Any clarification from the experts is much appreciated.


Incidentally, there are some other shots from my trip to Victoria and the 
Terricks, including some Plains-wanderer action here


Thanks for stopping by.






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