On the 30th December I saw two Yellow-faced Honeyeaters feeding on sap
oozing from the trunk of a Eucalyptus punctata (Grey Gum) near Newnes north
of Lithgow, NSW, only about 50cm from the ground. Sounds like E. punctata
sap is highly desirable!
-------Roy Sonnenburg wrote:
> In mid November last year, a group of birders (Darryl Jones, Dawn
>Muir, Phil Battley and myself) went to Carnarvon Oasis Lodge at Carnarvon
>Gorge, Central Queensland highlands, to plan a birding festival for
>them. During 3 days there, we saw two Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on sap
>seeping from a large eucalypt (probably Eucalyptus punctata) every day.
>The sap was seeping from cuts made by Yellow-bellied Gliders which we saw
>feeding there at night. The lorikeets were very agressive in defending
>their sap sites from Blue-faced Honeyeaters which were also feeding on sap
>at other areas on the same tree. The lorikeets were there whenever we
>passed the tree which was several times each day over the three days.
>For the record we recorded around 100 birds for the trip. If anyone
>wants a list let me know. Probably the highlight was outside of the NP
>on a recently harvested wheatfield. There were 15 Australian Bustard, 5
>Brolgas and 5 Emus plus babblers, Cockatiels, S-c Cockatoos etc. Often
>we had Brolga, Bustard and Emu in the same frame in our scopes. A couple
>of the male Bustards were displaying. Cheers Roy Sonnenburg Birding
>Services Brisbane www.worldtourism.com.au/birdingservicesbrisbane/
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