Swift Parrots

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Subject: Swift Parrots
From: "Rotamah Island Bird Observatory" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 21:37:41 +1000
We had a small party of Swift Parrots at Rotamah Island this morning,
obviously stocking up on food before embarking across the Bass Strait.
While not uncommon in the mid 1980's, this is the first sighting on Rotamah
for nearly a decade.

In other sightings, the pelican breeding colony established in the Gippsland
Lakes near Rotamah just four years ago is again active although constantly
high water levels have knocked the number down from over 100 nests to about
half that and there are currently chicks.

A good year for Pink Robins has also continued with a few more sightings of
males and a female being caught in a mist net.  Only the second
Golden-headed Cisticola in 14 years was also seen in saltmarsh while banding
Striated Fieldwrens.

Craig Doolan & Liz Cook
Rotamah Island Bird Observatory

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