Re: Possible Short-toed Eagle

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Subject: Re: Possible Short-toed Eagle
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:46:44 +1100
Further to Tim's earlier message - Swamp Harrier is definitely not an option - in /jizz/ this bird is a small eagle, soaring & turning tightly on flat wings - no wafting about with wings in a deep vee. My first impression at distance was Little Eagle, until I saw the tail, etc.

On 27/12/10 8:07 PM, Lawrie Conole wrote:
Hi there

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 Short-toed Eagle.

I'd love for some people to see the bird and confirm the ID ...

Lawrie Conole
Northcote 3070 AUSTRALIA


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