One of the best reasons to visit the Western Treatment Plant over winter is the large number of Raptors that can be easily seen. The species found all year round include the Swamp Harriers, Kites (Black-Shouldered, Black and Whistling) and the Brown Falcons. Several more stop by for a few months to breed locally or just to take advantage of an abundant food supply – these include the Black Falcon, Kestrel, Brown Goshawk, Spotted Harrier, Sea-Eagle and Wedge-tailed Eagle.
Below are two regulars that I often see and photograph. The Brown Falcon and the Whistling Kite – both perched in late afternoon light on dead tree branches with great open views of the surrounding area.
Malt, I’m not a naturalist but I just thoroughly enjoy seeing these special birds of prey. Living in western New York State in the US, along the shores of Lake Ontario of the Great Lakes, I am fortunate to be privy to many different hawks. They’re such a graceful bird. On a different note, my was was Swedish and his name was Malte. Friends called him Malt. Perhaps, would it be the same for you? I’ve never met another ‘Malte’. By the way, he loved birds and was a wonderful outdoorsman, as well as a great human being.
Heya Steve, thanks for the comments, bet great to see the raptors from your area, feel free to post up some photos and I can link to them…the birds of prey make up some of my favourites as well. My name is a bit accidental but I am Norwegian descent with a lot of of other bits added…being Australian I have quite a bit of mongrel in me…btw I quite like some of your life stories, very interesting and at times funny (I hope)
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Malt, thanks for the nice note. Wish I could get pics of the birds but I’m not equipped for it. Hey, my dog is a mongrel, too, and he’s the best friend I have. Glad you like my stories and, yes, there’s a bit of humor involved, hence the blog name “S’amusing”. Now, if I could just get more readers and become really famous. Then, I could get equipped. 😉
it all just takes time…my sister’s puppy’s blog (after 1 week) got more followers than I have now after 18 months….I reckon it is about the quality of the reader not the quantity….(i hope anyway)…worse case, I am at least leaving a scratch in the dirt…
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Who can resist puppies? Have a great day, or evening…