NSW - Sydney (Eastern Suburbs) - Centennial Park

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Subject: NSW - Sydney (Eastern Suburbs) - Centennial Park
From: "Frank Hemmings" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 08:21:00 +1100
Hello All,
Wandered down to Centennial Park on Saturday (7/1) afternoon, and was pleased to see 2 Australasian Shovelers, both appeared to be eclipse males, at the eastern end of the Duck Pond. Fantasticly close views as they were near the shore.  This is only the second time I've seen these in the park (and the Eastern Subrubs).
Further along, I spooked two Double-barred Finches in long grass underneath pines near the Kensington Pond, in the area near wherer the footbridge crosses the pond from Alison Rd.  I flushed these feeding in grass and relocated them at the top of a small hill, where I had good views of the two sitting next to each other on a branch in a large grevilea and preening each other.  A new one for me for my Eastern Suburbs and Centennial Park lists, although they're probably aviary escapes.
The Peahen is still around, this time sitting on an island in the Kensington Pond.  Overall a good afternoon in the park with 57 species recorded across 2 hrs.  Cheers.
Frank Hemmings
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