Rampant Fructivores on the Atherton Tablelands and other bird news

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Subject: Rampant Fructivores on the Atherton Tablelands and other bird news
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2003 19:34:16 +1000
With many of the small fruited Lauraceae, Elaeocarpaceae and figs in full fruit the fruit pigeons and other fructivores are having a great time at the moment. All the fruit pigeons have been showing well at Lake Eacham. Some people drove up in a hire car the other day and got nine lifers before they shut the car doors:- Wompoo and Superb Fruit Doves, Tooth-billed and Spotted Catbird in one tree, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Barred Cuckoo-Shrike, Bridled and Macleay's Honeyeaters in another and Grey-headed Robins on the ground.
Waders seem to be coming and going from Tinaburra on a daily basis. This evening there were at least 27 Whiskered Terns near the boat ramp. No Greenshanks (3 on Wednesday) or Black-tailed Godwits ( 15 ) were present this evening. Plenty of Sharptailed Sandpipers and a few Pratincoles ( 1 on Wed.).
The well known Golden Bowerbird at Longlands Gap is putting on a show for most visitors. Blue-faced Parrot-Finches are around but proving rather elusive at the moment. As more Brachiaria comes into seed they should become easier to see.
There are a couple of young Spotted Harriers around the Lake Eacham area which will cause a bit of excitement as they are some of the pale young which prove very confusing. Dark tail ( banding not always obvious) and pale face give them away.
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