Swifties on the box

Subject: Swifties on the box
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 09:09:02 +1000

Yesterday afternoon, about 5.45, the kids flicked on the television.  On the ABC was the kids show "Jeopardy".  The scene was an historic sandstone church set in the bush - obviously western Sydney (I don't know why but Ebenezer comes to mind - I really don't know why?).  Immediately my attention was grabbed by the unmistakable calls of Swift Parrots.  Also conspicuous were Little and Rainbow Lorikeets.  Every time the program switched back to a scene at this church Swift Parrots were heard calling.

I was going to catch the end of the program to see what year it was copyrighted but was otherwise engaged.  I strongly suspect it was 2002 as Swifties seemed to be everywhere on the NSW coast last year.

Now, is this (tongue planted firmly in cheek) the behaviour of a truly endangered species??  You would never catch any self respecting Regent Honeyeater being lairish enough to jump out at any TV camera - they reserve their best only for nature docos.


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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