What is this bird?

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mareethomson1
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What is this bird?

We had a visit from a very unusual bird this morning - doesn't appear on our local council bird list and also can't find on this excellent website.  It was medium to large, with black wings (top), a top knot and a grey face with a beak similar to a hawk or kite.  It's chest was a stripey brown and white (horizontal tiger stripes) with yellow eyes.  It stopped briefly to eye the herb patch for grasshoppers (I think) and then moved on.  Didn't have a song for us.  I hope that there is someone out there who can help identify this magnificent bird.

mareethomson1
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Needed to mention we are on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

jfiess78
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Hi Mareethomson1, I am not that experienced but sounds your bird maybe a Pacific Baza. They eat stick insects and maybe grass hoppers? Have a look in bird finder under Pacific Baza and google for images also.

You could also look Akos Lumnitzer's site amatteroflight for conformation.

Cheers, Jackie.

mareethomson1
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Well done, Jackie.  That's exactly what it is.  We googled it and found not only a bio but a video of this magnificent bird.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Baza - first time we have actually seen one in three years so hopefully they are nesting close by.

Cheers,

Maree

jfiess78
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Excellent Maree, glad your ID is solved. I will have a look at the videowink. I also have a Baza that frequents our small acerage.

Jackie

jfiess78
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Excellent Maree, glad your ID is solved. I will have a look at the videowink. I also have a Baza that frequents our small acerage.

Jackie

pacman
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I have pics of an adult (near Lismore, NSW in sep '11) and a juvenile (near Lismore, NSW in Jan '12)

Peter

mareethomson1
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thank you, what sensational pics.  what camera are you using?

pacman
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thanks, those pics were taken with a Canon 550D and a Canon 100-400mm L lens

Peter

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sounded like a Baza (aka Crested Hawk, which in my opinion is a far lovelier name).

I know of a nesting pair in the lower Blue Mountains, I've been visiting them for about three years now.

Their call is kind of a Wheee-chooow (mostly that I've heard)

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