Real World Gardener Whistling Kite is Wildlife in Focus

April 28th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his
album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website

Wildlife in Focus

with Sue Stevens.
Imagine you’re looking up into the
sky and you see a largish bird, gliding slowly, high in the sky. It flaps with
slow wing-beats and when holds its wings horizontally, they’re bowed downwards
at the tip. As it flies it sometimes makes a loud whistling call but it doesn’t
twist its tail when manoeuvring.
Let’s find out what it is….
The Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) is a gingery brown colour and generally untidy or scruffy looking. Head and underparts are light brown with pale streaks. Dark wings with pale wing linings. Characteristic long, rounded tail in flight is plain sandy coloured with paler tips - other kites have straight or forked tails.Looking at the Whistling Kite from below, the outer wing feathers are dark coloured and widely fingered. Outer wing rear feathers are pale in colour, inner wing rear feathers are darker brown. The Whistling Kite grows 50 to 60 centimetres long, wingspan 1.2 to 1.5 metres.

We’d love to about your sitings of the Whistling Kite, just send them or any photos in to. or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville
NSW 1675, or post them on Real World
Gardeners facebook page, and I’ll post a CD in return.

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