Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters on the NSW Central Coast

To: "John McLennan" <>, <>
Subject: Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters on the NSW Central Coast
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 07:50:52 +1000
Hi All,
Just an update from the Swift Parrot capital of Australia (that is for this week). While the Swift Parrots at Bateau Bay have declined to just 20-30 birds it does appear that most of their mates have deserted the salubrious coastal Bateau Bay area because the flowering of the Swamp Mahogany has come to an end and have joined forces with those birds feeding on the western side of Tuggerah Lakes in the flowering Forest Red Gum.  Debbie Saunders, the Swift Parrot Co-ordinator, is up making observations on feeding behaviour of the Swifties here on the Coast at present and she reported that yesterday morning, 650 Swift Parrots were counted leaving a communal roost at Charmhaven early in the morning, and going to feed in the surrounding suburbs of Gorokan, Toukley, Lake Haven and Kanwal. Charmhaven is on the western shore of Budgewoi Lake. Birds can still be seen feeing in Forest Red Gum at the Fish Co-op at Gorokan in the vicinity of Main Rd & The Corso, Gorokan.
Regent Honeyeaters still remain at South Morisset and South Tacoma, but have  deserted. Kariong in Brisbane Water NP and the Galgaba Reserve, South Swansea. Finally there are still 5 Freckjled Ducks and 2 Pinkear at the Tuggerah STW.
Alan Morris
Central Coast Regent Honeyeater Volunteer Operations Group
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