Cowart's Common Room
The New Zealand Falcon or Kārearea

I seem to have a bird theme going on - funny never really thought of myself as a twitcher, but I guess I am!

This is a photo I took about 6 years ago in Central Otago - not very good as only my small camera. I was just so excited to see a falcon in the wild. We don't get them in the north, their habitat has shrunk (sadly). They don't eat carrion but catch live prey sometimes larger than themselves, and other birds on the wing and are capable of speeds of over 100 kph. I will be keeping a look out for these when in Central this weekend, albeit it briefly. So majestic.

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Posted at 28th Aug 2012 - 01:12AM   Posted by Cowgirl   The New Zealand Falcon or Kārearea Comments: 9

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Blackbird's Avatar Amazing, CG and I'm glad I'm not a mouse. Good luck with your hunt for one this weekend but I'm not sure you could get a better photo.

Posted by: Blackbird on 28th Aug 2012 at 05:16AM

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Sumarell's Avatar Great photo. We do have loads of hawks here in Central Otago, but we watched a falcon very close to the house a few weeks back.

Posted by: Sumarell on 28th Aug 2012 at 08:41AM

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Cowgirl's Avatar Wow, S, that must have been amazing. It's always a challenge to figure out whether its a Hawk or a Falcon, in the split second I see them down there. We are having one night in Lawrence to check on things at the cottage then driving up to Arrowtown for another night so you never know our luck! The one in the pic was on top of the Nevis. (Duffers Saddle).

Posted by: Cowgirl on 28th Aug 2012 at 10:07AM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Splendid!

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 28th Aug 2012 at 12:17PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Nice pic CG very like our Hobby I think.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 28th Aug 2012 at 12:50PM

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Camilla's Avatar Great pic Cowgirl, very fine bird indeed.

Posted by: Camilla on 29th Aug 2012 at 01:42AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Excellent pic and beautiful bird Very Happy

Posted by: Westerwitch on 29th Aug 2012 at 07:52AM

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Salle de Bain's Avatar Wow! fab picture.....any idea what type he is?

My dad used to be a volunteer for the National Trust...protecting peregrine Falcon nests.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 29th Aug 2012 at 11:44AM

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Cowgirl's Avatar Hi Salle, What a worthy cause. We just have the one type of falcon here - Falco novaeseelandiae, or NZ Falcon. It is very like a sparrowhawk. We do get Australasian Harrier or Swamp Harriers as well - they are much larger (almost twice the size).

Posted by: Cowgirl on 30th Aug 2012 at 10:27AM

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