I have recently returned from three days birding on
a station 40 kms north of Wanaaring on the way to Hungerford.
We had a great time out there, but were
disappointed at the lack of birds due to an overabundance of yellow-throated
miners over the entire 65,000acres. They stood guard on the
waterholes. At one time we saw a miner chasing a buff-rumped
thornbill. It was coming close to knocking it out of the sky when a
second thornbill flew over and diverted the miner's attention, allowing its mate
to escape. The confused miner then let them both go.
There were hardly any honeyeaters, despite abundant
flowering bushes. We only saw spiny-cheeked, singing, striped and
white-fronted and very few of those.
Buff-rumped thornbills, apostle birds and southern
whitefaces were abundant, and we did see a lovely flock of crimson
chats. However the highlight for me was a lone banded whiteface, a
new bird for me. It was with a flock of southern whitefaces, but we have
no doubt that it was a banded one. Both my friend and I had
independant, clear views of it. Are there other NSW reports for this