|White Breasted Sea Eagle calls for her mate|
Diurnal (as opposed to Nocturnal) Birds of Prey hunt during the day.
I have separate posts for each of the birds of prey: Black-shouldered Kite; Brown Hawk; Nankeen Kestral (female); Nankeen Kestral (male); White Breasted Sea Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle. I will keep one or two key shots of each bird here.
Black-shouldered KiteI see these frequently patrolling long stretches of road. Generally they are in pairs. They are adept at hovering for 5 - 10 seconds before falling on prey and then returning to a favorite tree to eat.
Brown Hawk Page
Nankeen KestralAlso called the Australian Kestral, Windhover or Sparrowhawk. It is larger and stockier than the normal grey shouldered kites I find near roads - and about 1/3rd the size of a Wedgetail Eagle. While coloration and tail feather patterns are similar to the Little Eagle, Brown Hawk (and others) - it is only about 2/3 the size of those birds.
I initially misidentified some shots I took of this as being a brown hawk or little eagle. I have learnt that the tell-tale black stripe beneath the eye and the distinct shape of the tail are good guides. Thanks to +Ann Pollak for helping to set me straight :)
Nankeen Kestral (female) Page
I have been watching a Nankeen Kestral hunt by herself in the forests under the volcano Palerang.
Nankeen Kestral (male) Page
Note that the male has a grey head.
|Nankeen Kestral - male - midway Hoskingstown to Rossi|
|Nankeen Kestral - female - midway Hoskingstown to Rossi|
White-Breasted Sea-EagleWhite Breasted Sea Eagle Page
|Wedge-tailed Eagle - Tuena|
|Immature Wedge-tailed Eagle - Hoskingstown|
Spotted Harrier page