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Unexpected Treat,,,
Dec 6th, 2008 at 7:45pm
 
My mate was a game keeper for many years, been around the globe hunting different game animals also and has always had an interest in birds,the feathered variety.
Recognising  different bird species  on the wing etc at  long distance is a breeze fi Keith,their history etc,etc.
On this particular trip however,birds were off the list and Thar were our quary,well?
Bouncing our way up the valley,stopping  now and again to glass here and there, it wasn't too long before we spotted a group of the animals.
Deciding ti set up at the hut first before doing the slog, we carried on and hadn't gone far when Keith spots a Sparrow Hawk.
Away he goes again,their habits,territory,blah'blah,,.cant help himself.
What really intrigued him with this wee chap though was the fact that he was dive bombing a stretch of shallow water.
Next time round he clipped the water and hooked into what appeared ti be a fish.
In one swift manouvre the Hawk had caught and landed himself a trout.
Well my mate was beside himself,never had he observed or heard of a Sparrow hawk catching trout,me neither fi that matter.
We drove  up close for a better look,climbed out and stood staring,,great sight.
The  hawk had his talons just in behind the gills of the wriggling trout and was whacking into its head.
Not a big trout by any means  but good enough,,mmmm.
Now pan fried trout is something I'm quite partial to and it dont always come by the way of courier and still kickin like.
My mate was obviously thinking along those same lines,,the look on his face said it all.
As we approached it was quite obvious our featherd friend could read our minds.
Pissed off he let go the trout,,backed off a little then threw every bit of language he knew at the pair of us,,put on a real act he did,who wouldn't?.
Next thing he's airborne and to our surprise,,parks himself on the truck door giving us the evil
eye,,still abusing us.
Feeling a tad guilty, well sort of,, we left him the head and guts before bouncing on up the valley.
We thanked our feathered angler later that night,,went down a treat.

I'd be very interested ti hear if anyone else  has witnessed a NZ Falcon actually catching or    attempting ti catch fish,,any fish,,unusual, I'm sure?
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Keith with the monster trout Tongue

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He didn't want ti leave,hard case.

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Not that happy Smiley
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Reply #1 - Dec 6th, 2008 at 8:00pm
 
Thats a beauty read and pics EC, The only story I can tell ya is when I was wipper snapper this bloke told me "those birds that are diving into the water are great to eat"  now these birds were diving in and coming up with little fish like a herring/sardine, I watched em for a while imagining how these birds, supposed to taste like chicken could be caught. I came up with the idea of a flat board and a piece of shiny tin cut to resemble a small fish nailed in the centre, this worked a treat with these seagull type birds diving from a great height into this fish close to the surface, I recovered several birds for home consumption just before receiving a large size 12 fair up my backside from a passerby. Embarrassed
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Reply #2 - Dec 6th, 2008 at 10:07pm
 
Havent seen them catch fish but have seen the two up the back of my place chase ducks and some big hares
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Reply #3 - Dec 6th, 2008 at 11:02pm
 
Haha, hard case alright. Smiley
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Reply #4 - Dec 7th, 2008 at 6:10pm
 
Roaring_Red wrote on Dec 6th, 2008 at 10:07pm:
Havent seen them catch fish but have seen the two up the back of my place chase ducks and some big hares

That was pretty impressive alright.I was sitting there wondering if they would have a go at him then all of a sudden they were off bloody swooping and diving at him, the bugger made the bush though.
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Reply #5 - Dec 12th, 2008 at 9:19pm
 
Paul Peychers has taken photographs twice now in seperate years in the Greenstone valley of Falcons taking smaller trout. They appeared to be different birds from the colour of their plumage  so evidently its not a one of.
Neat birds
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Reply #6 - Dec 12th, 2008 at 10:55pm
 
can you post a pic of that deathwind or a link
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Reply #7 - Dec 12th, 2008 at 11:01pm
 
sorry i coulnt help myself
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Reply #8 - Dec 12th, 2008 at 11:25pm
 
Deathwind wrote on Dec 12th, 2008 at 9:19pm:
Paul Peychers has taken photographs twice now in seperate years in the Greenstone valley of Falcons taking smaller trout. They appeared to be different birds from the colour of their plumage  so evidently its not a one of.
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Thanks there Deathwind Smiley
Is there a chance at all ti maybe see a pic?
Feel free ti drop an email my way with any imfo.

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Reply #9 - Dec 12th, 2008 at 11:29pm
 
whereami wrote on Dec 12th, 2008 at 11:01pm:
sorry i coulnt help myself
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No need ti apologise,,I know yi cant help yiself Grin Grin Smiley
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Reply #10 - Dec 14th, 2008 at 7:32am
 
Wow, thats amazing. Its a good size fish for a bird that size.
While I don't have a fish story, me and a mate watched two Falcon try and take a Kea one day, but everytime they attacked, the Kea would dive into the scrub. As they came past us, one of them saw me move, and closed up his wings and dived, so did I. Man can they move, I guess he missed me by about a meter.
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Reply #11 - Dec 14th, 2008 at 8:00am
 
Were they nesting?
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Reply #12 - Dec 14th, 2008 at 9:31am
 
primer wrote on Dec 14th, 2008 at 8:00am:
Were they nesting?


It was April, so I don't think so, But i'm presuming that it was territory based aggression.
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Reply #13 - Jan 10th, 2009 at 1:53am
 
Fascinating read and great pics EC- never seen the native falcon taking trout before. It was obviously fishing illegally-so you did the right thing by confiscating the catch.
NZ Falcons are ground nesters and it seems ironic that their prey, namely rats and stoats, sometimes get revenge by eating the eggs or the chicks.
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Reply #14 - Jan 10th, 2009 at 9:26am
 
Baz wrote on Jan 10th, 2009 at 1:53am:
Fascinating read and great pics EC- never seen the native falcon taking trout before. It was obviously fishing illegally-so you did the right thing by confiscating the catch.
NZ Falcons are ground nesters and it seems ironic that their prey, namely rats and stoats, sometimes get revenge by eating the eggs or the chicks.


Cheers Baz, That trout was in very shallow water.I'm picking his stearing gear was breaking the surface,doubt the hawk would've bothered if he was any deeper,,was all very interesting Smiley
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Reply #15 - Jan 10th, 2009 at 9:10pm
 
Fish musta just about weighed as much as that little fula....suprised he didnt crap on ya wagon Grin
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Reply #16 - Feb 22nd, 2012 at 4:23pm
 
I am often on the waikato river in a 12 ft tinny in the evenings and there are several harrier hawks that fly up n down the river looking for dead stuff floating along they can eat.

However ive seen the same bird on two occassions catch live fish and fly away with them,hes  bloody small for a hawk though about twice the size of the one in your pics you nicked the fish off.
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