The call of the wild


Natural Newstead

To me, one of the iconic sounds of the Australian bush, is the unmistakable and haunting call of the Whistling Kite. A common raptor in our local district, it can be heard calling throughout the year. The typical call is described as a … ‘long, clear whistle, followed by ascending reedy oboe-like notes’.

I encountered a pair a few days back at Joyce’s Creek and managed to catch the bird pictured below calling enthusiastically.

Whistling Kite1

You can listen to an audio file of a Whistling Kite calling here.

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