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Sat, 6 Oct 2001 22:02:54 +0000
There were half a dozen Baillon's Crakes at Fogg Dam a few weeks ago,
along with the usual White-browed Crakes and Jacana.
The occasional Mangrove Gerygone is still breeding at Leanyer Swamp, and
Red-headed Honeyeaters are nesting at the nearby sewage pond. A brave
pair of Brown Honeyeaters tried nesting in my front yard but the nest was
soon discovered by Rufous-banded, Red-headed, Dusky and White-gaped
Honeyeaters, all of whom decided they simply couldn't resist a peek. An
irate parent chased the Dusky grappling with it in mid-flight. Next day
the nest was abandoned.
My pond is popular at the moment, mostly with Rufous-banded Honeyeaters
who regularly take a dip. Most of my native trees are infested with a
range of leaf-eating fauna. They don't look particularly pretty but the
honeyeaters, Green-backed Gerygone and other birds are having a ball.
Zitting Cisticolas are quite easy to see well at this time of year. I
usually go to Leanyer Swamp with a seat and and a flask of coffee, and
sit in the grass watching them and anything else that comes along eg
snakes. My Kunwinjku relatives think this is a bit strange - must be the
white side of my ancestry! Heavens knows what they'd make of twitchers!
Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
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