A dream come true

Those who know me will be aware that I regularly say I’m a photographer, not a birder, and I don’t keep lists!

But when it comes to Australia’s elusive – some say mythical – grey falcon, seeing one has been a longstanding dream.

grey falcon perched on tower
A grey falcon on the Lark Quarry tower, courtesy Rex Whitehead

And thanks to the guidance of a couple of real birders (Rob Shore and Rex Whitehead), and a planned road trip into likely GF territory, the wait is over.

A 240km round trip from Winton (Queensland) late one September afternoon produced good sightings of a pair servicing a nest high up on a communication tower at the turn-off to Lark Quarry.

As I arrived, one flew out, and almost immediately after, another flew in. It all happened very quickly, and that was that. I had left my arrival too late in the day.

Everything happened too fast to get decent pictures, but what a great thrill to see this rarely encountered raptor in the vastness of Australia’s inland spaces.



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