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Bad pic but someone might know - Australia (1 Viewer)

Phedgy

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Australia
Hello, Here is A large brown bird and I thought it may be a brown cuckoo dove but not sure. It was spotted on the coast north of Yeppoon in Qld, an area of eucalyptus woodland and heath country,with freshwater creeks . Not a clear pic and taken from a long way away. But it may be recognised by someone knowledgeable.
 

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SueO

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Head is too big, tail too short for Brown Cuckoo-Dove. I may be way off, but how about a Juvenile (1st yr) Braminy Kite?
 
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Phedgy

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Australia
Head is too big, tail too short for Brown Cuckoo-Dove. I may be way off, but how about a Juvenile (1st yr) Braminy Kite?
Could be.. there are adult Brahminy Kites in the area.. yes I knew the tail was too short for cuckoo dove.. thanks for your reply !
 

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sicklebill

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Clearly a raptor and Brahminy Kite fits quite well on shape, range and habitat, though the white belly seems a bit odd
 

Phedgy

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Clearly a raptor and Brahminy Kite fits quite well on shape, range and habitat, though the white belly seems a bit odd
Yes I thought the same about the lighter feathers but a clearer shot would have solved the puzzle. Next time I’ll be more organised and might get a better pic. Yes a raptor though. Thanks for the reply
 

Chosun Juan

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Australia - Aboriginal
Definitely Brahminy Kite - not sure what year etc.

Quite unusual considering the adult bird has white head/neck/chest and darker belly/back/wings - but I have seen several shots of younger birds where the chest is dark and the belly pale.

Will look up books when I get home and see if it is illustrated.





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Phedgy

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Australia
Definitely Brahminy Kite - not sure what year etc.

Quite unusual considering the adult bird has white head/neck/chest and darker belly/back/wings - but I have seen several shots of younger birds where the chest is dark and the belly pale.

Will look up books when I get home and see if it is illustrated.





Chosun πŸ™…
Ok thanks!
https://ntraptors.wordpress.com/201...a-successful-rescue-and-rehabilitation-story/ Take a look at the last photo on the post. The one we have is distant and blurred, but it looks like a pretty good match, right?
yes I think so and most replies have put money on a juvenile Brahminy Kite. Thanks for that post, quite interesting
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
Just checked my field guide -
Birds of Prey of Australia
Stephen Debus
Third Edition

(that's a photo of an adult female Little Eagle - light morph, on the front cover btw)

and Juvenile Brahminy Kite does indeed show with a pale belly (particularly the photo on p90) - so 100% that's your bird.

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Phedgy

Member
Australia
Just checked my field guide -
Birds of Prey of Australia
Stephen Debus
Third Edition

(that's a photo of an adult female Little Eagle - light morph, on the front cover btw)

and Juvenile Brahminy Kite does indeed show with a pale belly (particularly the photo on p90) - so 100% that's your bird.

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Chosun πŸ™…
Thanks very much for taking the trouble to look this up. Yes there are lots of sea eagles and Brahminy kites in the area but I didn’t know the juvenile kite was so different to the adult birds. So now I know .. thank you !
 

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