Painted & Regent HE in Capertee Valley

Subject: Painted & Regent HE in Capertee Valley
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 07:30:54 +1000
I was over in the Capertee Valley last Thursday.  While birding time was 
limited what time I had was spent looking for Regent Honeyeaters (always 
elusive at this time of year).

One surprise I had was hearing a Painted Honeyeater.  There are few 
records of Painteds in the valley at this time of year.  They are far more 
common up to about late December.  I had excellent views of this bird 
about 3 metres away as it came in to my squeaking.

Regent Honeyeaters were located at three places on the Glen Alice - 
Rylstone Road.  Of interest was that the birds fronting 2805 Glen Alice 
Road (Timothy and Lynda - this must be the best purchase you have aver 
made!) the Regents were extremely vocal.  If you weren't aware of the date 
you would have thought it was spring.  The birds were behaving exactly as 
they do when establishing breeding territories.  I actually wondered if we 
had some unseasonal breeding in response to the prolific flowering of Box 
Mistletoe.  The next day was much cooler (a cool change having passed 
through overnight) and the Regents were silent. 

Timothy - can you let me know how many birds you think you have there.  I 
only looked along the road - other birds were calling on the hill.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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