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Hovering bird above Cottesloe dunes

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Old Wednesday 7th November 2018, 13:00   #1
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Hovering bird above Cottesloe dunes

Spotted this bird as we walked on the path above the dunes by the sea at Cottesloe in Perth WA.
It hovered like a kestrel above the dunes in the very strong winds, obviously in search of food but it clearly isn't a kestrel. In the same walk, we clearly saw an Australian Kestrel and a Black-shouldered Kite.
Hunted through our field guide and struggle to make a sensible diagnosis.
Any ideas?
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It's a Black-faced Cuckooshrike.

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Old Wednesday 14th November 2018, 13:07   #3
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Thanks very much for that identification.
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Spotted this bird as we walked on the path above the dunes by the sea at Cottesloe in Perth WA.
It hovered like a kestrel above the dunes in the very strong winds, obviously in search of food but it clearly isn't a kestrel. In the same walk, we clearly saw an Australian Kestrel and a Black-shouldered Kite.
Hunted through our field guide and struggle to make a sensible diagnosis.
Any ideas?
G.
It is a Black-faced Cuckooshrike. It was holding position with the strong wind. Not hovering.
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