Capricorn Coast Birds
   
 
 
Australian Hobby, Brown Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, Pacific Baza
 
         
  Australian Hobby
Falco longipennis
Average size 35cm
  Brown Falcon
Falco berigora
Average size 46 cm
 
 
 
 
         
 
Distribution; throughout Australia and are a winter migrant to Indonesia and New Guinea.
Habitat; open woodlands with large trees, along roads and watercourses, in remnant bushland and around parks and gardens.
Diet;  birds, large insects, bats and small mammals.
The sexes look alike and when breeding they take over the nests of other birds or build a nest made from sticks at the top of tall trees.  
Similar To;  they strongly resemble Peregrine and Brown Falcons so identification can be difficult.
The photo was taken at the Kinka Wetlands, though not very common here you will occasionally see one along quiet bush roads.
 
Distribution; throughout Australia and north to New Guinea.
Habitat;  in all but the densest forests and are locally common throughout their range.
Habitat;  grassland, open woodland and agricultural areas with scattered trees.
Diet; small mammals, including house mice and young rabbits, small birds, lizards, snakes and invertebrates such as caterpillars, grasshoppers, crickets and beetles.
Similar to; Australian Hobby and Black Falcon.
The sexes look alike.
The photo was taken beside Hedlow Creek, I have also photographed them  along Fishing Creek Road.
 
 
  Nankeen Kestrel
Falco cenchroides
Average size 34 cm
  Pacific Baza
Aviceda subcristata
Average size 40cm
 
     
         
 
Distribution; Australia, New Guinea  and nearby islands.
Habitat;  grasslands, open woodlands, foreshores, they have also adapted well to European settlement and are not uncommon around town.
Diet; small mammals, reptiles, small birds and insects.
Similar to; easily regognisable.
The sexes look alike look, nesting sites vary widely and include tree hollows, caves, ledges on the outside of buildings, and occasionally on the ground.
The photo was taken on Farnborough Beach, I have also photographed them at Wreck Point, Hedlow Creek, in town and other places.
  Distribution; northern and eastern Australia to south of Sydney, the Indo-Malayan peninsula, New Guinea and nearby islands.
Habitat; tropical and subtropical forest and woodland, grasslands, farmlands and sometimes in urban areas.
Diet; large insects, frogs, lizards and small mammals and birds, some fruit is also eaten.
The sexes look alike and build a flimsy flat nest of sticks lined with leaves, this is placed high in the upper leafy branches of a tall tree close to water.
The photo was taken at Lammermoor Native Gardens, I have also photographed them at Hedlow Creek, in Cooee Bay and other places.
 
         
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