Mount Hay 10 June 2000

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Subject: Mount Hay 10 June 2000
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 10:36:42 +1000
Hi everyone

Went with Robin Murray to Mount Hay yesterday (in the Blue Mountains 60km from 
Sydney) in search of winter orchids (some nice
Pterostylis rosettes commencing).

Three birding highlights:

Spotted Quail-thrush:  amazing view.  We were pottering along in the car at 5km 
an hour when there she was on the road so I
stopped and we had about 10 seconds of looks through the windows.  As she went 
into the bush, we got out of the car and while
we were standing there, she came out of bush and walked around only 3 metres 
from us (too close for binoculars!) for 2
minutes.  Beautiful grey breast, and there were four rows of the black spots on 
her flanks against a great light chocolate
brown.  The cream eyebrow was very clear and distinctive.  Wow wow wow.

New Holland Honeyeater -  noticeably huge compared to my usual sightings of New 
Hollands, and as it was very close to and as
big as a nearby White-eared Honeyeater, it was possible to get some measure of 
its size.  The books say the following:

New Holland Honeyeater:  16-19cm (Slater), 17-18cm (Pizzey), 16-19 cm (S&D)
White-eared Honeyeater:  18-22 cm (Slater), 20-22 cm (Pizzey), 18-22 cm (S&D)

The New Holland was as big as the biggest White-eared, and so some 3-4cm bigger 
than normal.  Must be some great nectar in
the many Banksia ericifolia and spinulosa up there.

Rockwarbler playing fairy-wren as it jumped on the ground with tail cocked and 
then hopped up a vertical embankment.

Other birds for the day:  Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Brown Thornbill, Superb 
Lyrebird, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and
White-cheeked Honeyeater.

Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW, Australia
33 50' 17" S  151 05' 25" E

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