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February 23, 2009

Australian Hobby 090223

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — steve_happ @ 7:47 am

Bird Photography at Ash Island, 23rd February, 2009.

Today I got some good shots of an Australian Hobby at Ash Island. The scientific name of the Australian Hobby is Falco longipennis and it belongs to the family Falconidae, order Falconiformes. They range in size from 30 to 36 centimeters and their habitat is mainly open woodlands and forests. I had seen them twice before. Once yesterday at Homebush Bay but it was flying really high and was like a speck in the sky. The other time was at Tomago Wetlands and then it just flew past before I had time to get a decent shot off.

Today he was in a tree pretty close to the road. In this photo, you can clearly see the hooded face mask and the horizontally striped tail feathers. Also note that he only has one leg(As far as I can tell). I have seen another raptor, a Whistling Kite, over at the Hunter Wetlands Center that had one leg also. I don’t know what the one-legged thing is about, but I will find out. somehow.

Australian Hobby

The Australian Hobby breeds in the Spring and Summer. When it is breeding it sometimes takes over the nests of other birds. The female sits on the eggs while the male does the hunting.

Australian Hobby

The Australian Hobby has a tail that is more or less rounded at the tip and glides on drooped wings. The face masking of the Australian Hobby is similar to the Peregrine Falcon. Like most falcons, the ends of the wing tips come to a downwards point. The Australian Hobby is distributed all over Australia.

Australian Hobby

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