birding-aus Glen Davis report

Subject: birding-aus Glen Davis report
From: "Carol Probets" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 00:54:53 PST

24th February 1999

Dear all,

I had today off work so decided to camp out at Glen Davis (Capertee 
Valley, NSW) last night.

We arrived at the campground just before dark to catch the sight of 
several hundred SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOOS all flying over towards their 
roosting places (and what a cacophony this morning as they flew round, 
crests raised, screaming at the top of their voices).

Throughout the night I heard five species of nocturnal birds from the 
campsite - I think this is more than I've ever heard anywhere in a 
single night before - these being BOOBOOK OWL, BARN OWL, TAWNY 
FROGMOUTH, OWLET-NIGHTJAR, and the highlight for me, a WHITE-THROATED 
NIGHTJAR calling repeatedly from the hillside nearby. 

Early this morning I wandered around Glen Davis for a while before we 
drove slowly up the valley, back to Capertee. Everywhere the mistletoe 
was flowering and the trees were alive with NOISY FRIARBIRDS and other 
honeyeaters, including WHITE-PLUMED, FUSCOUS and YELLOW-TUFTED, and 
there must have been hundreds of LITTLE LORIKEETS, especially in one 
spot about 8km west of Glen Davis, where their tinkling calls sounded 
like a multitude of bells. Elsewhere many flocks of them flew over like 
bullets. Unfortunately I saw no Regent Honeyeaters, despite looking 
carefully at every likely-sized bird in every likely spot. I was very 
pleased to see a STRIPED HONEYEATER a couple of kilometres west of Coco 

Other highlights included ZEBRA FINCHES, DIAMOND FIRETAILS, a BROWN 
QUAIL heard, a ROYAL SPOONBILL which flew over near the Glen Alice 
turnoff, about seven GANG-GANG COCKATOOS at Coco Creek, SPECKLED 
WARBLERS at Glen Davis, and RAINBOW BEE-EATERS in abundance in all parts 
of the valley. Altogether about 60 species noted for a trip which was a 
bit rushed.

The trunks of some of the trees in the bush behind Glen Davis have 
turned a beautiful orange colour, I think they are Eucalyptus punctata 
but I didn't take the time to check properly. 

Carol Probets
Katoomba NSW

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