White-eared Monarch

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Subject: White-eared Monarch
From: "The Dam Lamb Service Clan" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 06:07:00 +1100
Christmas Day reached a max. of 41 degrees on our verandah, today we hit 42. When it was cool around 10am yesterday (only 36) heard an unusual call followed by a brief glimpse of a small black and white bird flying away down into gully. Racked the fried brain-cells and settled on Varied Triller but wasn't happy . Lo and behold, ho ho ho, back it flys, flitters around top of Scrub Turpentine, then drops to eye-level, settles about 3 metres away. Mad scramble for binos, and there it is White-eared Monarch.
            Not a tick, but first sighting in Bridge Creek Valley in 7 years here, and only 3rd ever sighting.
           Our thoughts are with those affected by the fires. How have Carol Probets and Michael Hunter fared? Any news?
           Russ Lamb, Malent, SEQ
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