Subject: Sydney
From: Judith Lukin-Amundsen <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 17:16:36 +1000
Special thanks to Lorne Johnson and Maria Merkling:
Though I had very little time, my birding in Sydney was a great pleasure. Particularly in Centennial Park, where a friend and I saw Darters feeding big chicks (2 in one nest, one in the other); fairy wrens in Lachlan swamp (winter plumage; Superbs or Variegateds?); a falcon or kestrel (too far and fast to see) being chased off by a corella; and the remarkable sight of Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos assembling in twos and threes from all directions, about lunchtime and over about half to an hour, congregating in the 'bird sanctuary', and then finally lifting off all together in a flock that looked like hundreds, to swirl off in a ?southerly direction...Fantastic. The Black Swans at Lachlan swamp had two youngsters. Assorted other birds - Sacred/Australian White Ibises, Crested Pigeons, Pelicans, Pacific Black Ducks, Dusky Moorhens, Purple Swamphens, Eurasian Coots - around the park, and two lovely little Black-fronted Dotterels, and one solitary Black-winged Stilt. Among other birds seen during my daily peregrination from Parramatta Rd, Camperdown, around the city, to Walsh Bay - Cormorants, Silver Gulls, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Indian Mynas, Feral/Rock Pigeons, Welcome Swallows, Willie Wagtails, Noisy Miners, Rainbow Lorikeets, Galahs, Figbirds, Magpies, Australian Ravens - I also saw Chestnut Teal feeding in an oil-slick at Walsh Bay. Goodness knows what goes into their poor bodies.

Beautiful Sydney!

S-E Qld
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