Re: Rainbow Lorikeets around Melbourne

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Subject: Re: Rainbow Lorikeets around Melbourne
From: Eric Hocking <>
Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 08:59:30 +1000
Brian Fleming wrote:
>    Incidentally when I was a kid (1950s) the ONLY free flying
> Sulphur-crested Cockatoos or Galahs we ever saw in the suburbs usually
> said "Hello" when approached.  

I reckon I can update this.  Prior to 1974 (my father's long service leave
where he and mum dragged a car-load of screaming children around Australia
for six months) I had never seen either in the wild.  Within a few years of
our return they suddenly appeared (so it seemed to me at the time) in
Victoria and then became more common in Melbourne.

Had a SC Cocky fly over the house (St Kilda) only last weekend, but the
Australian Hobby (Little Falcon?) perched on a TV aerial in Sth Melbourne
the week before was more impressive.

And just off-hand, the swans in Albert Park Lagoon are showing off their
most recent broods.  As the lake never seems to get over-populated by swans,
where do they all go?  Or is the mortality rate high at Albert Park?  I saw
a similar suburban artificial lake in London (Walthamstowe) recently that
was white with swans, and the lake couldn't have been 1/10th the size of

Interesting also to see Black Swans and Aussie Pelicans in Green Park in

Eric Hocking
"A closed mouth gathers no feet"
==   Melbourne, Australia   ==

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