Wednesday 17 May 2023

Wild Bird Wednesday 564 - Brown Falcon

Back at Werribee for this week's WBW.

The Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) is a common and widespread Australian bird of prey, occurring over all of the continent.  It is a little larger than a Peregrine Falcon, but does not share its worldwide distribution.

These pictures are of the same bird sitting on two different locations on a fence at the Western Treatment Plant.  I waited for the bird to hunt and return to its post, but it did not oblige - although it did rid itself of its last meal!

These picture show the 'double teardrop' that encloses a pale cheek patch, which is diagnostic of this bird. 

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  1. What better photo op than a bird on a fence post? Nice. Falcons are so intense.

  2. Handsomely shown, Stewart!

  3. Hari OM
    Playing statues! YAM xx

  4. Great photos of a handsome bird!

  5. I am quite convinced that falcons pose in such positions to entice photographers, but generally they fly off a second before you click the button, leaving you with excellent images of fence posts. I swear I have heard them laugh as they fly away.

  6. The distinctive face pattern is nicely shown in these views. Great timing on muting the mute.

  7. Hello Stewart :=)
    Well done for capturing this fabulous Brown Falcon which has distinctive face features Teardrop round eyes really makes the eyes stand out.
    All the best.

  8. Such a lovely creature! I hope he wasn't trying to tell you something with the last photo!!

  9. Eep, I didn’t need to see that last picture. Great photos.