FW: [BIRDING-AUS] Prospect Reservoir (western Sydney NSW) - 5th December

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Subject: FW: [BIRDING-AUS] Prospect Reservoir (western Sydney NSW) - 5th December 2004
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 20:47:47 +1100

One bird I inadvertently left out for this morning was that one of the resident White-bellied Sea-eagle was also seen at Prospect Reservoir. My last visit there saw both adults at their nest but not sure at this stage whether they have had any breeding success or not this season. They raised at least one young bird last year.




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From: [ On Behalf Of Edwin Vella
Sunday, 5 December 2004 8:39 PM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Prospect Reservoir (western Sydney NSW)
- 5th December 2004


Today Simon Hayes and myself spent a few hour birding this morning at Prospect Reservoir (approx. 40km west of Sydney CBD) near Blacktown. There appeared to be slightly fewer birds present this morning than on my previous visits, but we did see or hear a number of interesting birds. A pair adult Grey Goshawks appears to be much now in residence after seeing them 3 times in a row in the same area of Forest and I suspect they could be nesting or have already nested in this area. Another good find was a magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle (number 173 on my Prospect Reservoir list and a bird I expected would turn up here as it has been seen by others a few km away). What looked to be a young eagle was initially seen flying relatively low above tree top level before staring to soar up high as it was harassed by about a dozen Australian Ravens.


Other birds present at Prospect Reservoir this morning included Great Crested Grebes (at least 50 or so), Whistling Kite, Bar-shouldered and Peaceful Doves, Fan-tailed and Shining Bronze-cuckoos, Variegated Wrens, Brown-headed and Scarlet Honeyeater (many of the later have now disappeared), White-throated Gerygones, Weebill, Varied Sitellas, Double-barred Finches and Olive-backed Orioles.


At one stage I also thought I heard a “Swift Parrot” in the area which ofcourse would be very unusual for this time of year.


Edwin Vella 

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