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Due to an Uploading error of this course the sample to the Question to be answered became first post the second post is the actual question .
It is about an animal species not raptors.
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Task: Locate, Identify and catalog at least one species of Raptor”

Author/Instructor: auscraft

Tools: include Camera, notebook and pencil binoculars, a Field Guide of Australian raptors

There are many excellent books available at reasonable prices. Choose a book with clear pictures. Often books with skilfully drawn illustrations are better for bird identification than books with photos, because the illustrator can clearly emphasise the key identification points of a species. The book should have a brief written description of each species and indicate the areas where that bird is commonly observed.

Binoculars : Binoculars are not essential to locate a Raptor, but are certainly a very useful tool to help accurately identify any bird. Binoculars enable you to see a bird in much more detail that is usually possible with the naked eye. If you already own some binoculars, start by using them. If you think you would like to buy some then consider, binoculars are described with two numbers with an "x" between them such as 7x35 or 10x42. The first number refers to the magnification power of the binocular. The second refers to the diameter of the front lens (in millimeters). A larger diameter lens means more light can enter the binocular and the image should be brighter.

Skills : Patience, concealment, observation, photography and identification.

Purpose : Animal identification is a useful skill and rewarding activity. This Project seeks to build knowledge about some local species and become familiar with some of the Raptors in your buschrafting area. Raptors are quite easy to see because of their daytime hunting habits and wide distribution in Australia, but can be more difficult to identify without some a close sighting, binoculars or good photography.
This Project shows how to gather the tools and skills necessary and learn about identifying Raptors, and other species.

Materials: Nature (cover and awarness)

Time needed: NA

Subject: Raptors "Large Kites"

Field Notes/Method: I used basic bird watching skills and chance opportunities to photo 3 Kites that are located in my area. In open fields i used my vehicle as a hide taking picture from car window or sitting quietly under cover of trees (shady side) waiting for the subject to arrive. Things that I noticed about all these birds they had very particular habbits as to fly overs. Other observations were other birds become very vocal and active when these birds of prey are around, the size of these birds do not deter them from harrasing the larger prey birds to quiclkly move them out of their area.
All 3 of these kites have very distinguishing features which can help you ID them from a distance in flight or even while perched on a branch. All 3 birds have very similar colourings at a distance but underwing colours/patterns are good way to tell apart also the tails of each bird differ for IDs these tail differences can also be seen while the bird is perching. The adult Square-tails also have a white face. Good references will help you id process even more in regards to colours and differences between adult, juveniles and other similar species.

References: Raptors of Southern Queensland a Qld Museum Wild Guide,This one book I find to be the most useful for rators as it is poctet sized it also has Flying Raptor & perched quick guides for easy IDs. And as all 24 Raptors can be located in Qld this guide would be very useful in all other States aswell. In adition of using books there are many Bird watching site on the internet like http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder or similar. Details of each bird can be accessed at the BushcraftOZ databases by clicking on the bird names in the subject field.


Results / Assessment :
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Above the Square-tailed Kite showing wing pattern and square tail, 2nd shows size compared to a peewee, 3rd shows the distinct white face in the adult.

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Above the Whistling Kite showing wing pattern and round tail, 2nd shows it perched with obviuos round tail
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Above the Black kite showing wing pattern and V tail, 2nd shows size compared to a crow, 3rd Shows it perched with V tail.

All photo taken in last 2 days by auscraft
 
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Project: Animal Id

Author/Instructor: auscraft

Task:
Identify one species of animal in your area. if there is more than 1 member of that family try and show comparisons or if it is a sub species explain how it differs from others in its category. Can also include any signs of the animals i.e tracks, scats or any thing else.

Tools Required:
- Computer
- Some reference materials
- A camera to record your results
- notebook
- binoculars

TIP:
Be patient and quiet
Do not harm any wildlife carrying out the activity in any shape or form.

Skills required:
- observation
- patients
- not disturbing nature

Time needed: as needed


Assessment Criteria:
To successfully complete this project you must present :
- written Ianswer must also include any observations you find, it should include your learning outcomes from studying the subject.
- your task should also includes the animal you are studying.
- includes evidence such as Photos , sketches or video
- You must include the date on which the task took place
- Include any references used or that may prove helpful
- {URL Link to Your Assessment}

Questions: Please PM “BCOzSkool” with any questions about this project


Cleanup :
- keep the area you use to study clean and tidy leave no evidence.

FAQ:

Sample Assessment in first post
 
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Due to an Uploading error of this course the sample to the Question to be answered became first post the second post is the actual question .
It is about an animal species not raptors.
Sorry for the mistakes
 
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