Koomba Park

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Subject: Koomba Park
From: "J & C Krohn" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 14:08:02 +1000
Made a couple of visits to Koomba Park, Wantirna (eastern suburbs of Melbourne), looking for the Drongo (but a bit too far south, if it was at Winton Wetlands; I spent all my time south of Boronia Road).  On Saturday afternoon at the Burwood Highway end of the park the highlights were a pair of Peregrine Falcons which harassed some passing Galahs, more mischievously than maliciously as far as I could tell (the larger of the pair, presumably the female, swept up and perched on one of the electricity pylons, and the view from below gave me a good indication of why the Australian subspecies is called "macropus", meaning "large foot" - the talons were absolutely massive); a small tree full of Cattle Egrets; a single Great Egret; and a single Golden Whistler, among other common farmland/ woodland/ wetland birds.  I went back again this morning at sunrise (not so heroic given sunrise isn't till about 7:30 am this time of year), to the Boronia Road end of the Park but still on the south side.  There were four Gang-gang Cockatoos in trees at the car-park, another Golden Whistler in track-side wattles, three Common Bronzewings allowing a surprisingly close approach, and ignoring passing joggers and cyclists, and a male Darter resting on a dead tree at the wetland visible from the bird-hide.  There were also some dozens of Welcome Swallows foraging together over the paddocks which were still damp from recent drizzle and overnight dew.  Other than the lack of any Drongo (except possibly me for being out of bed at 7:30 am on a cold public holiday morning?), the other disappointment was the complete lack of any of the red Robins for which the paddocks and strips of remnant bush along some of the paddock margins.  I would have thought the habitat looked pretty good for wintering Flame, Pink or Rose Robins, but not a sign of such a thing.  Are there any other thoughts about whether those species' numbers are stable or declining?
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