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Jun 10, 2015 21:32 |  #421

The owls always have the funniest expressions! Great shots.


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Jun 10, 2015 21:39 |  #422

A few overcast days combined with not much sunlight after work has made getting any photos tricky. I did manage to get out on the weekend and found a few birds of prey.


Not the sharpest photos but I'm hoping I can find this guy when the sun is out.

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A wedgetailed eagle by the side of the road


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A whistling kite

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Can anyone identify this one? I've been looking but haven't come up with anything yet.


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Jun 10, 2015 23:38 |  #423

Nice shots.

The bottom bird is a Black Kite. The top bird is probably a Black-shouldered Kite, could be Lettter-winged depending where it was taken.


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Jun 11, 2015 00:04 |  #424

Yes, nice shots Lewis.

I'm trying to ID this bird. Thermalling very high, (in Sydney) best I could get at 800mm.

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Jun 11, 2015 00:29 |  #425

Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle


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Jun 11, 2015 00:44 |  #426

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Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle

Cheers. It was the white patches around the wing root that threw me, assume it's starting to adopt adult plumage


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Jun 11, 2015 03:06 as a reply to  @ oxygen45's post |  #427

Thanks.

There are a few kites (black shouldered, white tailed, letter winged) that all look similar. This one was taken near Meekatharra, WA.


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Jun 11, 2015 03:54 as a reply to  @ lewisc's post |  #428

G'Day Lewis.

Your first 2 are BS Kite. Do you have a field guide?
In your in flight pic look at the pattern on the underside of the wing and in the the second shot the legs are yellow and the LW Kite have whitish legs.


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Jun 11, 2015 06:01 |  #429

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Cheers. It was the white patches around the wing root that threw me, assume it's starting to adopt adult plumage

Per my field guide it's a 1st year Juvenile WBSE, the second year the tail should be mostly white and not have the dark tips evident in your photo.

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Jun 11, 2015 06:07 |  #430

lewisc wrote in post #17592481 (external link)
Thanks.

There are a few kites (black shouldered, white tailed, letter winged) that all look similar. This one was taken near Meekatharra, WA.

It's almost certainly a Black shouldered kite, the photo of him perched shows the marking above his eye extends back past the eye, the Letter wing kite doesn't have this, also the Letter wing kite hunts at night. There is no reference to a White tailed kite in any of my reference material for Australia, may be thinking of a North American species?

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Jun 11, 2015 09:09 as a reply to  @ ancientone80's post |  #431

I googled 'white kite bird' and it was the first bird that came up. It looked the same as the bird I took photos of but I completely missed the North American species part.

Shorty - I don't have a field guide. Are there any you recommend? I was recommended one for my phone which I think was the Michael Morcombe one.


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Jun 11, 2015 14:55 as a reply to  @ lewisc's post |  #432

I have the Morcombe app for my phone, very handy out in the field. I also have the Pizzey and Knight book for when i am home. Guides are very handy to have but getting out and seeing the birds on a regular basis is the best way to get familiar with birds.
Also learning their calls is very handy.


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Jun 11, 2015 16:19 |  #433

Had a nice visitor the other day and nice and low in the tree:-)

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Jun 11, 2015 17:44 |  #434

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Per my field guide it's a 1st year Juvenile WBSE, the second year the tail should be mostly white and not have the dark tips evident in your photo.

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Thanks Gus. I have two guides, Simpson & Day, Michael Morcombe. For WBSE Simpson & Day has better information although the clear illustration of the 2nd year bird is in the Osprey listing!


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Jun 11, 2015 17:49 as a reply to  @ lewisc's post |  #435

I have the Morcombe and P&K app. Both apps are good with my preference going to P&K - easier to use, more features and has photos as well as the illustration.

I also have 3 books. The Morcombe book is really good, I prefer it to Simpson & Day as the the pages are laid out in an easy to use manner, species variations all in a row in order of sex and then other variations. The photographic guides are great and in my opinion generally easier but you don't get a lot of the images of females, juveniles or breeding plumage so I wouldn't recommend it if it will be your only guide.


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