Raptors along Hume highway

To: Philip Veerman <>, 'Birding Aus' <>, 'canberrabirds chatline' <>
Subject: Raptors along Hume highway
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:52:09 -0700 (PDT)
There has been something of an irruption of Black Kites in coastal 
catchments in NSW as well. Birdline seems to be littered with them.
Here in the Hunter they are generally scarce and 'report-worthy' when seen but 
in the past 2 weeks they have been reported from many sites, some quite coastal 
(e.g. Hexham Swamp). The biggest aggregation has been at Maitland Tip, where 
50+ birds have been reported in the past week (this has happened there before 
though). There also seems to be a perceived increase in Spotted Harrier and 
Black Falcon reports, as well as numbers of raptors generally (often in the 
vicinity of wetlands). 
There have also been a couple of interesting Grey Falcon reports in NSW, one 
20km north-west of Moree and the other in the vicinity of Weddin Mountains. 
These are not places I would normally have expected Grey Falcons to be.
A Letter-winged Kite was also reported at Wanganella (between Deniliquin and 
Hay) on the 18th March. With all of these other raptor reports seemingly 
increasing, perhaps we'll start seeing more Letter-winged Kite reports as well?

From: Philip Veerman <>
To: 'Birding Aus' <>; 'canberrabirds chatline' 
Sent: Tuesday, 2 April 2013 11:27 AM
Subject: Raptors along Hume highway
I did the (easter) trip from Canberra to Melbourne as a passenger of my
neighbour on Thursday and return on Monday. There were no birding stops
(indeed only a short stop) and he was a rather fast driver. Probably more
raptors than I have encountered in recent years (several BsK, Brown Falcons,
Little Eagles, Whistling Kites, Kestrels). Notable was a collection of about
30 Black Kites within about 2 km at about 10 km south of Chiltern. I have
not encountered this species (as in at least 1), more often than I have
encountered them, on many trips over 3 decades but not ever seen so many in
that region before. This bit copied from the Birdline Victoria is

Black Kite Tungamah 
Another large flock of Black Kites (55) seen circling over a stubble fire
east of Tungamah. Four Black Falcons also seen with the kites. 
Michael Ramsey 

Black Kite Dookie 
Black Kites have been lurking around Dookie for the last week but a flock of
46 circling over burning stubble this afternoon is the most I have seen
Michael Ramsey 


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