So we back-tracked towards Benalup going across the top by what has got to be the smelliest cattle set-up in Europe. If it was mine I would be ashamed to let people see / smell it and when its wet and horrible I often wonder what the state of the hooves must be.
We drove a few hundred meters back down the central track, I valued my car to try any more, parked and then walked a few hundred meters southwards. This proved to be quite productive, with at least a dozen or more Griffon Vultures, a couple of Booted Eagles, a buzzard sp. which may have been a Long-legged, it was an odd-looking bird at any rate. But most interesting was the number of Black Kites. We must have seen at least 30, most of which were drifting south and all were in an incredibly lamentable plumage state, with primaries and secondaries missing, as well as tail feathers. I am insufficiently knowledgeable (I really know sod all) about the timing of their moults and even though Black Kites move south early after breeding, these seem very early and I wonder if they were 1st summer birds. No doubt somebody will tell me and I shall publish their reply unless they want to send it as a comment.