Absent friends

I’ve been pondering the absence of Black-shouldered Kites from the Moolort Plains.

While Brown Falcons and Nankeen Kestrels have been about in good numbers over the past year, I can only recall a handful of observations of these small kites. They have been totally absent from some spots where in past years you might see a dozen or so on any one trip.

Many readers will appreciate that mice, a favourite prey of the Black-shouldered Kite, are abundant at present. Let’s hope for an influx of kites in coming weeks to help solve this problem.




Brown Falcon, Moolort Plains, 14th April 2021










Moolort Plains mullock heap (Keystone Mine)

2 responses to “Absent friends

  1. We certainly have our share down on the Bellarine Peninsula. Maybe they have decided on a beach holiday!? Carole O’Neill

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Here in Melton we have noticed that the Black-shouldered Kites seem to disappear in dry weather

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