A great day at the Werribee Treatment Plant ended with a drive along the surrounding roads looking for the raptors using the fence posts as perches to watch for their evening meals. This little Kestrel was fluffed up against the cool air. The Nankeen Kestrel is also called the Chickenhawk (though it mostly hunts insects, small birds and mice), Mosquito Hawk and Windhover (due to its hunting technique). Its scientific name is Falco cenchroides – “resembling kestrel-like hawk falcon” (doesn’t leave much out).
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Lovely little guy Malt, I really must get to Werribee it is a birders delight from all that is said and written.
yep, check out the Melbourne Water website – you should be able to buy the permit for the main section and get the key sent to you, the full permit (second section as well) would require an safety induction session. Great spot and many other good spots in the area as well to pick up many of the Vic birds.
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Thanks for the info Malt
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