Pacific Baza

Aviceda subcristata.

A bird of prey that isn't quite as well known as the usual eagles and falcons. These guys resemble a large crested pigeon when perched, but have this gorgeous under wing patterning and colours when flying.

Shot on Duck Creek Rd on the way to O'Reilly's while Ross and James were hunting Wedge-tailed Eagles.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 1st August 2010, This photo: 10:53am

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  • Xenedis said:
    Nice lighting here.
    You should be in my camera club. Last night's digital comp was bird city.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Almost did my back leaning over backwards tracking this guy.
  • maasha said:
    Very good! You found Duck Creek Road as I suggested!

  • David de Groot said:
    [] Yep, very easy track, but a pretty spot and actually faster than going via the black-top.
  • teejaybee said:
    And safer with the way some drive up there!
    Unusual looking bird :)
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Indeed! Can be quite scary on the normal road sometimes.
  • fotoscape2009 said:
    Great capture David, excellent detail!
  • MikeSenior said:
    Brilliant. Love the birds of prey. Seen any Peregrine Falcons. They are my fav :D
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks :)
    [] I have, but not at this location. There's a small family of them that live in downtown Brisbane.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Yeah I always take Duck Creek Road - awesome drive :-)
    Nice lighting Dave.
  • Grauniad2 said:
    Great capture Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Indeed, and despite my aversion to toll roads, I happily contributed to the donation box on that one :)
    [] Thanks Rodney .
  • Ross_M said:
    Well caught Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks Ross, it's no Wedgie, but it'll do ;-)
  • AustralisWilds said:
    Gotta be one of my favourite smallish raptors. I got real excited when I saw on in my neighbourhood, sadly no SLR with me. To your friends, I went on the weekend to Cainbable Mountain Lodge, a little accomodation area about twenty minutes through the mountains from Lamington - saw a nice Wedgie rising really high on an updraft, amazing what they can do without even flapping once.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] I've seen one at home, and took a really really bad photo of it (pre-dSLR).