Monthly Archives: January 2016

Black Shouldered Kite

Black-Shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

These striking, smaller sized kites are mostly white in colour with pale grey back and wings and distinctive black patch on wings between carpals and body. They have deep red eyes and yellow feet. They are similar to the rarer Letter-wing Kite.

Black-shouldered Kites hunt in open woodlands and grasslands, often seen in farmlands with scattered trees or the high vantage point of power poles and wires. They glide and hover while searching for prey  on the ground, such as mice and small lizards.

In care they are highly stressed and should be placed with an experienced carer.

Black-shouldered Kite in care

Black-shouldered Kite in care

 

Black-shouldered Kite on power poles being harassed by a Pied Butcherbird (photo by Shaun C Murphy)

Black-shouldered Kite on power poles being harassed by a Pied Butcherbird (photo by Shaun C Murphy)

Posted in News Tagged |

ARCC Inc recognised by the National Library of Australia

ARCC Inc has received a very significant and exciting opportunity. The National Library of Australia have been in contact with regard to us having been selected to be included in the PANDORA Archive. This is a selective collection of web publications and websites, in essence “PANDORA is a digital archive dedicated to the preservation of and long term access to Australian online electronic publications of national significance”.

The library will be given permission to retain our publications in the Archive and to provide public access to them in perpetuity.
They will re-archive our site/publications periodically to record significant additions and changes. As I say this is a very important achievement for us, and certainly not one to be taken lightly.

Onwards and upwards 🙂

Peg

National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia

Posted in News

ARCC Inc has now a Facebook Page

Hello everyone.

At our last committee meeting we decided to add Facebook to try to increase the public awareness of ARCC Inc.

Our Facebook page can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/ARCCInc/

If you are on Facebook, please like our page and invite your friends to do likewise 🙂

Again we appreciate your support.

Posted in News

Happy New Year

The ARCC Inc committee would like to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank you for your continued support.

Our first blog post of the year was contributed by Melanie, and it was great to finally to meet her at Peg’s just before Christmas.

White-bellied Sea-eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) are Australia’s second largest bird of prey; similar in size to the Wedge-tailed Eagle, but with shorter wings and tail. The adults are very distinctive with white head and under parts and grey back, wings and tail. They are often found on the coast but are also seen far inland, along rivers and lakes.

This sea-eagle was photographed in 50km from the coast at Casino NSW, in the flying fox colony by the Richmond River. The local magpies and currawongs spotted it flying in and pursued it relentlessly. The flying foxes scattered every time it landed close to their roost. Finally the sea-eagle gave up on a potential feed and left, flying east, back the way it came.

Sea Eagle and Magpie

 

Sea Eagle and Flying Foxes

Sea Eagle and Flying Foxes

The second series of photos are of a nesting pair of sea eagles. We were lucky enough to observe a breeding pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles. The male kept watch on a higher branch while the female fed in the nest.  After some time, the fledged chick arrived, landed below the nest then made its way up. The female continued feeding for a while longer, then left the rest of the food for the chick. After a while, she flew and circled, hunting again. Apparently this pair use the nest every second year. It was an amazing experience to see this magnificent family in the wild.

Sea Eagle nest location

Sea Eagle nest location

 

04-Sea-Eagle-Nesting-Pair

Sea Eagle Nesting Pair

 

Sea eagle returning parent

A circling parent

Posted in News Tagged |