Last weekend I had the good fortune to drive along the several hundred k’s of the Barkly Stock Route from just south of Elliott to where it meets the Tablelands Highway at Anthony Lagoon Station.

I was en route to the annual Brunette Downs race week (see more here and here) and, as is my wont, I took time out to grab some photos of any interesting raptors (and what raptor isn’t?) I saw along the way.

I caught up with this glorious Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) in the middle of a Mitchell Grass plain that is so typical of so much of the wide-open sky and road country of the Barkly.

Next up was a male and female pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles (Aquila audax) at a turkey’s nest dam and watering point further along the track.

Also hanging around this spot was a pair of dainty – but deadly – Australian Kestrels (Falco cenchroides). Here is the female.

Last – and most definitely not least – was a family of four Brown FalconsĀ (Falco berigora) perched on the fence strainers between Eva Downs and Anthony Lagoon stations.