West of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Here are three different Brown Falcons that I saw with Rod Hobson in 2014 and in August 2015.
Brown Falcons are the most common large falcons found in Australia. I'm not a fan of their bland name though, as I think they are more beautiful than just "Brown Falcon" implies. Over the years I have seen incredible variations of this species especially in central Queensland. I have seen very pale, sandy coloured birds, one or two like large kestrels. I have also seen all black birds like Black Falcons and red-barred birds that had me running down the street screaming "Red Goshawk". When I was photographing one flying around with a large snake (Altona, Victoria 1990s) I was attacked by its mate. They appear to fly with less zest than other falcons but I believe they are pretty aggressive hunters too. I have watched them in serious dogfights with other falcons and raptors such as harriers.
I think they are true spirits of the Australian landscape and are dramatic and variable. I think they would be better named, "Australian Falcon". What do you think?
|(this is the above bird in flight and below)|
|Another Brown Falcon west of Toowoomba, 2014. As well as the three shots below.|
|We encountered this Brown Falcon north-east of Toowoomba this August (2015). |
Maybe Flagstone Creek Road.