Square-tailed Kite Sighting

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Subject: Square-tailed Kite Sighting
From: "Dean Cutten" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 05:13:57 -0600
AUS Birders,


While out at the back of our property looking for foxes early this morning
(21/11) I noticed a large raptor gliding in low over the field. Using the
scope on the rifle I was able to see the tail, underwing markings and the
smallish head which led me to ID it as a Square-tailed Kite. Judging from
the lack of white on the face it probably was a 2nd year immature. This is
the first time I have seen this species in the Fleurieu Peninsula. An
interesting aspect of this sighting was the way it was gliding effortlessly
around the moderately-spaced tree canopies looking for birds or nests - what
I would call 'stealth' flying.


Dean Cutten


Victor Harbor, SA





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