identify raptor?

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Stingray
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identify raptor?

Hi everyone, came home today to find this Beautiful raptor sitting in the dead tree over the road
:)
any ideas on what sort?
A Whistling Kite?
Falcon?

http://picasaweb.google.com.au/lh/photo/ts2tZvJxOG60wGRSbOUDDw?feat=directlink

Thanks
Darren

Stingray
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oops
lets try that again

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Stingray
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forgot he spread a wing out (for me?.. lol)

thanks :)

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Tassie

Stingray the Brown Falcon is the one I am tending to lean towards altough the yellow around the eye throws me, the markings and colour are right.

Stingray
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Hi tassie,
yepp its the yellow that's got me stumped..
i even went to the Oracle "google" and no matter what name i tried.. no image seemed close enough or if they looked similar they didn't have the yellow
lol
Daz

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Tassie

Mate where are you situated???

Stingray
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Just near Bribie in QLD :)
u?

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Tassie

In Mackay mate.....I see heaps of Brown falcons and some Black falcons and I know where they hang out, thats why I asked.

Stingray
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ah .. koolies ... havent visited there yet
lol

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al
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Hi Stingray,
It is definitely a Brown Falcon.
You might like to read the article "Variable plumage and bare part colourationin the Brown Falcon by Paul McDonald.
http://galliform.bhs.mq.edu.au/~paul/Paul_McDonald/McDonald_2003_Emu_plumage_files/McDonald%202003a%20Emu.pdf
Cheers,
al

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Thanks Al :)
just love how when ya think you have a grasp on all the birds in your area a new one shows up ;)

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