2009 – Whistling kites
In 2009, I discovered three nests in a tall eucalypt in a small park. At that time, I often saw two whistling kites in the surrounding trees. I did not see them in the nest, but on one visit I saw a dead one on the ground below. Looking back, I think it must have been a baby that fell or couldn’t fly.
2010 – White-faced herons
In 2010, I was amazed to see baby white-faced herons in the left nest, which is lower than the two shown above. They are very well camouflaged.
2012 – Brown falcon
In 2012, I went to check if the whistling kites were there. I suddenly got buzzed by an angry brown falcon!
Looking up, I saw a brown falcon in the top nest!
2015 – Brown goshawks
In 2015, I went to check the nest. To my amazement, two baby brown goshawks were hopping around in the branches around it.
2016 – No nests
Last weekend, I visited the park and was devastated to see no nests in the tree. I was afraid that people had cut the tree down. There were two stumps, and I wasn’t sure exactly where the tree had been.
I took a photo of the nearest intact tree. Comparing the branches to the ones in the top photo, I think this one was the nest tree. There is no trace of the three nests, so I can only assume that the superstorm last year took them out.