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Square Tailed Kite monitoring

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dear Friends of Black Hill and Morialta,

I have been part of a group of people monitoring a Square Tailed Kite nest in the Northern Mount Lofty Ranges for the last two seasons. There has also been a nesting pair in the Belair area. This season there have been reports (including photos) of Square tailed Kites at Anstey Hill, Black Hill and Athelstone. Last week I photographed one hawking in Sinclair Gully on the boundary of Morialta. I have discussed these sighting with others and we believe there is a resident pair in the Black Hill - Morialta area. I ask that while you are out working in or enjoying the parks you keep an eye out for these magnificent birds. They are usually seen wheeling over the tree tops in forests but other birds attacking them can also give away their presence. Any Kite sightings in the Mount Lofty Ranges can be sent through to me at the email address below. It will help us to develop a better understanding of the distribution of these birds. This in turn will be used to ensure their habitats are protected. As an example, scheduled prescribed burns have already been changed to allow for the nest sites we know about.

I attach a recent photograph for identification purposes.


Danny McCreadie


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