Monday, December 24, 2012

Eight Black Kites - Cranley, Toowoomba, 23/12/12

In the middle of the day today I was driving home on the back roads from Toowoomba in the area of Cranley, and I spotted numerous birds of prey on the powerlines and also circling above a road-kill hare.  I pulled over to have a better look and could count up to 8 birds in the vicinity of 100m.  Of course I didn't have my camera with me, so I drove home and decided to grab the camera and go back. Now usually this is where the story would end, however when I returned to the location the birds were still there!!  It was rather glary being the middle of the day and the birds moved quite swiftly while in the air, but I managed a few shots, enough to identify them anyway I believe.  Brendon did the research and decided that they are definitely Black Kites.  Their fork-tails were prominent while flying.   A great sight for the end of a great birding year.  J.G.

4 Black Kites in one photo - but I could see up to 8 at the location.


Sunday, December 2, 2012