Happy New Year to you and all at birding aus. Yes what struck me was the
almost brilliant splash of yellow on the primaries on a dark grey to black
plumage and white at the base of the tailfeathers.But as i said in a later
note it was HOT, there was a lot of glare and to top it off my binos were
playing up!. But it was definitely H/E looking.Anyway it was seen in the La
Trobe reserve near the rushes at Twin ponds towards the northern boundary
Brian Fleming wrote:
> mark kliene wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > Just a couple of observations from the reserve and lake at La Trobe
> > Uni.I went for a couple of short walks yesterday and today, where it
> > was
> > just nice to observe different things happening at different times.
> > The
> > White Plumed Honeyeater attending to the rather larger juvenile Fan
> > Tailed Cuckoo, my close call with an agitated Willie Wagtail as i
> > nearly
> > walked headlong into its wonderfully moulded cup nest, the Darter and
> > Pied Cormorant diving and resurfacing elsewhere unannounced, Clamorous
> > Reed Warbler popping out into the sunshine to give me a decent peek,
> > Dusky Woodswallows warding off pesky Noisy Miners etc. Other sights
> > were
> > Common Bronzewings, Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater, European Goldfinch,
> > Spotted Pardalotes, Great Egret, as well as the usual suspects - a lot
> > of water bird breeding going on! Oh and the lone Regent Honeyeater...
> > or
> > should i say what looked like one.
> > Cheers,
> > Mark Kliene.
> Dear Mark,
> Regent Honeyeater has been recorded at La Trobe Wildlife Reserve in the
> past. Forget when, some years back, but I think it was between Christmas
> and New Year, and two years running!
> I hope you have informed the staff at the Reserve!
> Would you mind telling me whereabouts in the reserve you saw it? My feet
> and ankles are too weak these days for me to wander about on spec.
> A year or two ago I saw a Regent Honeyeater on Jan 2 on the north side
> of the Yarra between Plenty River and Bonds Road. It hung around for
> about 3 weeks.
> Several years ago one manifested very briefly in a neighbour's tree here
> in Clark Rd, Ivanhoe, making noises which were between parrot and
> wattlebird. I had only a brief glimse of the yellow wingflash as the
> local wattlebirds harried it away.
> So you see your record has a good chance of being a genuine Regent HE.
> Time of year and location are with you.
> Occasionally stray Friarbirds may turn up too.
> By the way we were cycling on the track between Banyule Swamp and the
> oval last Sat. afternoon, and saw a large Tiger Snake on the path. It
> went through the fence into the long grass towards the Swamp.
> Best wishes, and Happy New Year
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