Blue sky at last!

A clear day at last yesterday – and a chance to spend a couple of hours on the plains looking for raptors. There was a good selection on offer, Black-shouldered Kite, Whistling Kite, Nankeen Kestrels and Brown Falcons, more than twenty individuals spotted in total. The highlight though was this Black Falcon – it sat obligingly for a few moments on a fence-post or two, circled briefly overhead and then powered off above the stubble in search of a meal. What a bird!

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Black Falcon, Moolort Plains, 12th July 2014.

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Remnants of a meal are just visible on the tip of the beak.

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Classic Black Falcon silhouette.

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Black Falcons can be quite curious – this one circled me briefly before departing.

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Black Falcons typically fly low and fast when hunting.

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