Early evening in Ku-Ring-Gai NP

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Subject: Early evening in Ku-Ring-Gai NP
From: "Tom Wilson" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 22:32:12 +1000
Hi all
yesterday evening I skipped off work early and I took my kids down to Bobbin Head in Ku-Ring-Gai NP (N Sydney) for a barbecue.  Whilst they were playing on the playground and I was cooking sausages, I saw a Wedge Tailed Eagle (quite high up, cruised off towards the west) and saw three Glossy Black Cockatoos (crossed over from the non-facility side of the creek and "camped" somewhere on the slope above the picnic area, with quiet a lot of calling.)
Just as we were packing up, and it was getting dark, I heard what I think is an owlet-nightjar call - a series of about 7 or 8 rising, trilling calls, a bit like a (traditional) mobile phone ring tone.  However, from the same spot, we then got a currawong, kookaburra and sulphur crested cockatoo, so I think the singer was a Superb Lyrebird - it made me wonder though - do Lyrebirds mimic specific species based on the time of day, or do they just do their thing whenever they feel like it?
Tom Wilson
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