I have found it always pays to double check the "Raven" sitting up on the power pole as you drive past as every so often it may turn out to be otherwise! This happened to me today as I was driving back from picking up a Bat monitor from a small Mallee scrub at a mates place near Owen where I had left it over the weekend. As I was turning out of one of his paddocks I saw two "Ravens" sitting on power poles about 500m down the road. Looking partly into the sun, it wasn't until I was almost under them that I noticed the silhouette had a distinctively Falcon shape and a powerful one at that compared to the relatively sloppy look of the most common Falcon to be found on power poles in this area Brown Falcons. So I did a u-turn and was rewarded with great views of a pair of Peregrines enjoying a rest and catching a few early morning rays, before the next hunting jaunt I imagine!
A "powerful" pair!
Another Falcon which also enjoys the views afforded by power poles is the Black Falcon. There have been many Black Falcons around this year, they follow the Quails around and there have been lots of Stubble Quail around this year. Unfortunately wherever I have come across them this season I haven't had my camera with me so I pulled these two photo's out of my archives from January last year. These photo's were taken about 10km's away from where the Peregrines were, down near Hamley Bridge in the lower north of South Australia.
Black Falcon (Photo taken 9/1/2010)
Larger and even more powerful than the Peregrine!
Amazing, beautiful birds both of them! I especially love the Black Falcons with the way they hunt and their never give up attitude! they top my list of favourite Australian Birds!