WA Birds 06. Osprey to Nankeen Kestrel

 

Osprey (photographs)

Pandion haliaetus

Common at Broome, Rottnest Island, islands off Pilbara coast, Exmouth.  Seen at Kununurra, Flying Fox Creek near south end of Lake Argyle, Port Hedland, Kalbarri, Geraldton, Abrolhos Islands, Albany, Alfred Cove, near Cottesloe Golf Course.

 

Pacific Baza

Aviceda subcristatus

A juvenile seen at Packsaddle Spring at Kununurra in ? 199?.

 

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Common in the south west along the coast and over farmland.  Less common in the north but seen at Broome, Kununurra, Parry Lagoons, Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

Letter-winged Kite

Elanus scriptus

Seen sporadically near the coast where it hangs around for a while.  Seen at Broome, Anna Plains Stations.  Reported at Port Hedland, north of Carnarvon.

 

Square-tailed Kite

Lophoictinia isura

Fairly common in the south west from September to March.  Seen at Bungendore State Forest, Stirling Ranges (breeding), Dryandra, Two People’s Bay, Fitzgerald River.  A pair can often be found in Broome between the port and Cable Beach.  One seen at Argyle Diamond Mine in February 2000.

 

Black-breasted Buzzard

Hamirostra melanosternon

Uncommon in the Kimberley but you should see it on an extended trip.  Seen at Kununurra, near Wyndham, Lake Eda near Broome, several at Argyle Diamond Mine including a pair nesting in a large boab in September 2000.  Regularly seen between along the North West Coastal Highway between the Murchison River and the Billabong Roadhouse.

 

Black Kite

Milvus migrans

Very common (often in flocks up to 300) in the Kimberley, especially in towns and at rubbish tips.

 

Whistling Kite

Haliastur sphenurus

Very common in the Kimberley and near most lakes in the south west.

 

Brahminy Kite (photograph)

Haliastur indus

Common at Broome.  Seen at Kununurra, Wyndham, Derby, Port Hedland, Karratha, Barrow Island, Carnarvon.  Seen once well inland at Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (photograph)

Haliaeetus leucogaster

Common along much of the coast especially in the north.  Common on Lake Argyle.  Also seen at Lake Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Dampier, Monte Bello Islands, Barrow Island, Abrolhos Islands, Lake McLarty, Waychinicup, Oyster Harbour at Albany, Eyre Bird Observatory.

 

Spotted Harrier

Circus assimilis

Generally common inland such as Canning Stock Route, Wubin to Cue, Broome.  Seen at Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Dampier, Exmouth.  Seen several times just north of the Stirling Ranges.  Seen near Jerramungup, near Albany Harbour.

 

Swamp Harrier (photograph)

Circus approximans

Fairly common at wetlands especially with typha reeds.  Most reliably seen at Herdsman Lake.  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

Brown Goshawk (photographs)

Accipiter fasciatus

Fairly common.

 

Grey Goshawk (photograph)

Accipiter novaehollandiae

Rare in WA. Seen white phase twice at Argyle Diamond Mine.  Reported near Broome, Kununurra and the north Kimberley.  Fairly common (white and grey phase) along mangroves at Port Warrender in August 1997.

 

Collared Sparrowhawk

Accipiter cirrhocephalus

Fairly common.  Two young juveniles seen at Dryandra State Forest in January 1998.

 

Red Goshawk

Erythrotriorchis radiatus

Rare in Australia.  Reported at Manning Gorge, Mitchell Plateau, near Kununurra.

 

Wedge-tailed Eagle (photographs)

Aquila audax

Very common along the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor.  Common in much of WA including the south west such as at Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Waychinicup.

 

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

Fairly common over much of the state.  A pair can often be found at Lake Coogee.

 

Brown Falcon (photograph)

Falco berigora

Common in much of WA, especially the Kimberley, although it can be harder to find near Perth.

 

Australian Hobby

Falco longipennis

Fairly common.

 

Grey Falcon

Falco hypoleucos

Rare in Australia. Seen once at Broome where it is reported most months.  Reported near Kununurra.  Reported as fairly common on the Canning Stock Route on several trips, although I didn’t see any in July 199?.

 

Black Falcon

Falco subniger

Uncommon in WA. I saw one along the King River near Wyndham in ? 199?.  Seen at the sewage pond overflow at Derby in November 1999 where it is fairly often reported.

 

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

Uncommon but widespread.  Seen at Alfred Cove, Herdsman Lake, Stirling Ranges, Broome, Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Little Beach at Two People's Bay near Albany.  Reported at Kalbarri.

 

Nankeen Kestrel

Falco cenchroides

Common and widespread mainly in open cleared areas and on power lines.

 

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