Newstead is a place where it’s possible to encounter a wide array of different raptors – birds of prey. In fact, of the 24 species of commonly occurring Australian raptors (there are a few other vagrants that occasionally visit the continent), 16 species can be found reliably in the district. Two other species, the Letter-winged Kite and Grey Goshawk have been locally recorded but I’ve not seen either in the past 30 years.
This Thursday, September 15th, I’ll be speaking at Newstead Landcare (8pm at the Newstead Community Centre) on ‘A Magnificence of raptors’ – focusing on the occurrence, behaviour and in particular the identification of our local raptors.
Just like our birds of prey, we’ll cover some territory:
- Are owls raptors?
- Why is Newstead such a great place to see such variety of birds of prey?
- How do you tell the difference between a Whistling Kite and a Little Eagle?
All are welcome to attend – Gold coin donations to the Landcare Group are appreciated.