Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rare finds among the raptors

Rare find today at Jourama Falls as this Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) circled near the camping ground before dropping from sight amid trees on the other side of Waterview Creek. My first sighting of the species for some years. Pity about the picture.

Bit better images of Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), in Tyto Wetlands yesterday ...
... and also along Orient Station road.

And little Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) sitting in middle of back road the other day. Inched up for capture (and trip to vet) when bird flew off without hint of harm (in spite of seeming breast wound). Happy days!      

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Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.