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Brisbane, Australia, 20.2.2024 (1 Viewer)


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Hi all,

I am on holiday in Australia, and I saw a bird flying over our holiday accommodation which I am hoping someone can help me with.

I unfortunately didn't have a camera with me, so could only manage a few very low quality photos on my daughter's phone, which I have attached.

It was a noticeably large bird with a very wide and quite narrow wingspan, the underwing appeared uniformly black or at least dark coloured, and the neck appeared white in the field, although that feature is not visible on the photos.

It had a very slow wingbeat and circled a few times with its wings in an arched fashion. It reminded me a bit of a heron in flight, and so my best guess is a Pacific Heron (I think you can also just about make out the trailing legs in some of the photos) but any thoughts would be welcome!

Many thanks!



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Don't think this one is doable, unfortunately. First image suggests a raptor but subsequent ones might be almost anything large
The first two images very much remind me of some of my pictures of Brahminy Kite.
Pic 3 and 5 do indeed look like they well could be a heron sp. with that bulging neck and if you squint can make out legs / bill too 😇

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