Raptors – rare and not so …

As the temperature mercifully dropped below 40ºC on Saturday evening I took a run across the plains in search of raptors – the approaching storm clouds promising some nice light.

My regular route takes me past Picnic Point, west towards Moolort and then back home via Rodborough. While raptor numbers were not great, I won’t complain about the variety – Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Black Kite, Whistling Kite and Black-shouldered Kite, plus two highlights along Clarke’s Road. First, a Spotted Harrier that paused for a minute or two in the stubble on a partly stripped cereal crop, then a lone Black Falcon which left its perch on a fence post just as I spotted it … bugger!

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Black Falcon, Clarke’s Lane Moolort Plains, 19th December 2015.

Spotted Harrier, Clarke's Lane, Moolort Plains.

Spotted Harrier, Clarke’s Lane, Moolort Plains.

Spotted Harrier, Clarke's Lane, Moolort Plains.

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Spotted Harrier, Clarke's Lane, Moolort Plains.

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Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains.

Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains.

Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains.

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Many birders would give their eye teeth to see either a Spotted Harrier or a Black Falcon – out on the plains they are encountered on perhaps one trip in three at this time of year.

7 responses to “Raptors – rare and not so …

  1. Wow ! what a fabulous pic Geoff, and what a magnificent bird. Thankyou.

  2. Looks like the Spotted Harrier had you in his sights too Geoff! Great shots.

  3. Fantastic photos Geoff,raptors are special and to see three at the one time lucky you. Happy Christmas Geoff and a healthy and wonderful 2016.

  4. Great photos of the Spotted Harrier in front of the wheat. Were you sitting or kneeling when you took them?

  5. You’ll love these images

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  6. Wonderful shots in the wheat field and those in flight Geoff. The colours are remarkable in the wheat field, pastel and subdued. Thankyou for a remarkable year of posts. I have learned so much, and enjoyed the beauty of our birds. Best wishes for 2016 in all that you do in conserving nature.

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