Re: Regent honey eater St Albans 17-18/12.02

Subject: Re: Regent honey eater St Albans 17-18/12.02
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 09:14:02 +1100
Bas Hensen  wrote "A single Regent Honeyeater was seen 17+18 Dec. feeding in 
flowering Black 
Bean trees, in the company of Noisy Friars and Little Wattlerbirds, on the 
bank of the Macdonald river in St Albans, N. of Wisemans Ferry.  Odd for 
this time of the year."

Not really all that odd.  Regent Honeyeaters typically leave the Capertee 
Valley (THE major remaining breeding area for the species) soon after 
breeding has been completed.  This may be in November or as late as 
February if there has been a good flowering year.

This year has seen no breeding in the Capertee Valley (OK, one nest that 
we know about) and the birds departed early.  This coincided with a radio 
tracking study of Regent Honeyeaters following on from a previous such 
study in 2000/01.  We have thus been able to keep tabs on some very 
interesting movement patterns initiated by these birds.  Of particular 
interest is one of our radio-tagged Regents currently residing in the 
middle of the Wollemi National Park on the Colo River. 

There has been a theory that Regents use the Colo as a route to the 
eastern side of the ranges (not necessarily one that I favoured).  It 
could well be that this is exactly what these birds do.  I would strong 
urge anyone birding in the Hawkesbury to be extra vigilant for Regent 
Honeyeaters (they are typically extremely cryptic at this time of year) 
and PLEASE report them to me immediately so we can add just a few extra 
pieces to the jigsaw of Regent Honeyeater movements.



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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