Regent Honeyeater Survey - Capertee Valley

Subject: Regent Honeyeater Survey - Capertee Valley
From: "Dean Portelli" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 14:25:19 +1000
Hi All,

Last weekend (11-12th) was the September Regent Honeyeater survey in the Capertee Valley (50km north of Lithgow NSW), this time organised by the Cumberland Bird Observer's Club. There was a good turn out of 13 members (eager birdwatchers) who surveyed the sites on the Saturday morning. During the surveys 9 (or 10) birds were located at three (or four) sites. A return visit to one of these sites on the Sunday found that there were more than the two birds detected earlier, and in total there was between 6-7 birds, with one pair nesting (female sitting on nest, most likely with eggs). Other birds were behaving territorially suggesting they too were contemplating (or attempting) nesting - all fingers crossed that this season will break the 'dry run' for these birds.

This same site produced seven different Honeyeater species: Regent, Striped, Yellow-Faced, Fuscous, White-Plumed, and Black-Chinned (great views) Honeyeaters and Noisy Friarbird. As well as nesting Eastern Yellow Robin and a pair of Little Eagles.

In all more than 80 bird species were seen in the valley, the highlights included up to 100 or more Plum-Headed Finches feeding in mixed flocks consisting of mainly Zebra Finches and House Sparrows, but also Red-Rumped Parrots, Diamond Firetails and Double-Barred Finches. Other great birds were Turquoise Parrots, White-Backed Swallows, Speckled Warblers, Budgerigars, Little Lorikeets, Hooded Robins and one group saw a lone Diamond Dove!.

Once again the Capertee delivered spectacular birding, especially the Regents, a bird that I have not seen for several years. I vowed to not again let such a long time elapse between sightings of this most beautiful of Australian birds - it truly would be a loss if this species dropped over the edge of extinction.

Cheers, Dean

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