Magic Birding Moments

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Subject: Magic Birding Moments
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 11:51:24 +1000
On 27/4 Trevor Hampel wrote:     "Every so often one has a birding "Magic
Moment". One such moment occurred ......"

A few minutes ago, whilst walking around my garden in southern Victoria,
enjoying seeing the plants smiling after a fantastic amount of 'real rain' I
had a magic birding moment.

A mixed species flock comprising the usual Brown and Yellow Thornbills,
Silvereyes, Grey Shrike-thrushes, Golden Whistlers, Grey Fantails and
Eastern Spinebills moved slowly through.  However I soon realised there were
more bird sounds and actions than expected.

A small number of Brown-headed Honeyeaters were also there and very loud as
they called to each other from the tops of trees.  Whilst I occasionally
have them here they usually just wave as they pass through.

The male Golden Whistler was very agitated.  It was flying up to a juvenile
Golden Whistler and when on a branch very nearby bobbed its body at it.
When the juvenile took off the adult chased it for some distance.

There were at least 3 spinebills chasing each other around.   And whilst all
this was going on a few Blackbirds were flying in and out of the group.  As
two of my male Blackbirds have a white outside tail feather they appeared
even more spectacular than the spinebills in flight.

Sorrento, Vic

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