Brahminy Kite - Macquarie Park (northern Sydney) 8 June 2016

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Subject: Brahminy Kite - Macquarie Park (northern Sydney) 8 June 2016
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:20:18 +0000
Hi all
      as I was recovering from my swim this morning and doing some stretches at 
one end of the Macquarie Uni pool at about 8:20am this morning, all the Masked 
Plovers and Noisy Miners went off. A raptor could be seen approaching from the 
south (Epping Road).  It wasn’t a Sea-Eagle (too small) but looked like a kite. 
 At first I thought it would be a Whistling Kite, but to my surprise as the 
bird came closer I could see the clean white head and chestnut wings/body, so 
very surprisingly (for Sydney) it was an adult Brahminy Kite.  I have never 
seen a Brahminy Kite in the Sydney area before, and they are definitely not 
common even on the southern end of Central Coast/Hawkesbury River to Sydney’s 
      I wasn’t sure if it was the recently reported Hawkesbury River bird on an 
excursion or a storm refugee from further north heading home. (The birdline 
moderator noted that the Brahminy Kite reported from Spencer on the Hawkesbury 
River has not been seen for over 4 months, so it seems it was another storm 
front refugee.)
      Birding can be so serendipitous - if it had come over about 3 minutes 
earlier I would still have been ploughing up and down the pool and would 
probably have missed it
      Tom Wilson 

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