Thanks Falco!

Stopping Between Joyce’s Creek and Picnic Point to observe this Nankeen Kestrel produced an unexpected treat. The kestrel, a small male, was perched in a dead tree and as I watched on it commenced a slow, direct glide towards a nearby Grey Box. As it landed in the Grey Box, it displaced a large, dark raptor which alighted nearby. It was a Black Falcon – I got some nice views of both birds before the larger falcon powered off to the west. The behaviour of the kestrel suggested it may have been protecting a nearby nest site.

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Nankeen Kestrel in level glide, Moolort Plains, 7th November 2014.

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The male kestrel at the perch.

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Black Falcon, Moolort Plains, 7th November 2014.

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Immaculate!

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Black Falcons are extremely powerful fliers.

One response to “Thanks Falco!

  1. Rose DeMaria-O'Sullivan

    Hello Geoff, I have been following the family of powerf tul owls, but sadly i think they have found another place to live!!? I have been back everyday since sunday with no luck. What is the general habitat behaviour after chicks are old enough to fend for themselves? Would love to read your thoughts on these beautiful birds and if you have any ideas about where they have moved to. The last time i observed them was dusk last friday and the chicks were venturing out to nearby trees. The adults weren’t too far behind. It was so spectacular to see them gliding across the river so close. Thankyou for all the work you put into educating us! Cheers, Rose

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