My 8,500Km figure is based on the "normal" home range as given in
Ferguson-Lees and Christie's "Raptors of the World", but then again
birds are renowned for their inability to read maps. There have been a
few interesting Raptor sightings around the world lately. The latest I
have heard of is the sighting of a nesting Harpy Eagle in Belize, some
1200Km north of the normal range.
As you say , Lawrie, if STEs have been recorded as far Timor, it is
not inconceivable that one or more young birds, in an avian equivalent
of the "gap year", should wander further afield to fill in time till
the breeding urge kicks in and they head back to seek their own mate
at the end of their peregrinations.
This sighting highlights a big problem with Australian Ornithology, so
many birds, so much landscape, so few eyes looking. Times like this
one wishes we could use the old reliable Ornithologist's tool of
trade, the 12 Bore shotgun.
Good luck with the confirmation,
On 27/12/2010, at 8:07 PM, Lawrie Conole wrote:
My library tells me that Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus)
migrate as far south as Timor, so Australia is not much of a stretch
(certainly not 8,500km out of range!) - though getting as far south as
Geelong is a bit unexpected.
I recall being in a convoy of birders that included Margaret Cameron
and other notables, somewhere out in Victoria's Western District circa
1979-1980 - the consensus of the birders who had some experience
outside Australia then was that the odd raptor we saw that day was a
I'd love for some people to see the bird and confirm the ID ...
Northcote 3070 AUSTRALIA
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