Powerful Owl Family – One adult owl was spotted and then its partner. A day or two later one chick was spotted and then another the next day. Finally, all four owls were seen together as a family. This was an exciting first for me as I had never seen any Powerful Owls before! Some of the photos are slightly grainy as they were taken in rather dark situations amidst dense foliage. Others are high up in tree tops with best ones at eye level in trees on sloping ground. Photo series taken in Lane Cove, Sydney.
Square-tailed Kite (?) – I had been watching this raptor flying overhead while keeping my eye on another bird perched on the bough of a tree. As it came in to land through the tangle of twigs I realised they were most likely related – parent-juvenile? They both then took off. Photo taken at Pilot Beach, Port Macquarie, New South Wales.
Australia Sea Eagle (White-bellied) – Photo series taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney. Sometimes it is impossible to control the background foliage when action like this happens. This was a very lucky encounter with this large raptor as it careened into a large tree right above my head while being chased by squawking crows…
Nankeen Kestrel – Photo above taken in Gerringong. Photo series below taken over vegetation and sand dunes just north of Wollongong, New South Wales. The kestrels were not intimated by the many people nearby, or me beneath them. It even flew down onto rocks just a few metres in front of me. The only creature it caught while I watched was a small beetle, seen in the bird’s beak in one of the images.