Today I spent some time out on the Moolort Plains with Joan Butler looking for raptors and Brolgas. No luck with Brolgas but as usual there were lots of raptors on display. We saw Brown Falcons (~6), Nankeen Kestrels (10+), Black-shouldered Kites (~6) and a few Whistling Kites and Black Kites. We had glimpses also of an unidentified Harrier, probably an immature Swamp Harrier. It was great to hear Joan’s recollections from many years of careful observation as we searched in vain for Brolgas and other species.
One of the raptors we had been hoping to see was the Black Falcon. We had given up hope of seeing one and proceeded towards home when just near Plaistow the unmistakable silhouette of a Black Falcon appeared suddenly overhead. While not exactly rare there is something especially thrilling about seeing this species – it flies with amazing grace and power. It capped off a pretty terrific visit to the plains.