Eden, NSW

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Subject: Eden, NSW
From: Greg Oakley <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 13:22:29 +1100
Hi all,

Just back from a very pleasant week with the family down at Quarantine Bay,
Eden (s. NSW).

Some excellent birding as well, with Black-faced Monarch, Brown Gerygone,
Large-billed Scrubwren, White-headed Pigeon, Topknot Pigeon, Leaden
Flycatcher, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Common Sandpiper, White-throated
Needletail, Satin Bowerbird, Rufous Fantail and Variegated Fairy-wren all
recorded within a short distance of our cabin.

Also caught up with Red-browed Treecreeper at nearby Mt Imlay.

The flock of WTNT was especially interesting. Weather was very warm,
overcast and humid with little wind. There were easily 200-300 birds all
³cruising² on a very slight breeze, fairly high up (around 150m). Virtually
all of the birds were gliding, with no wing-beats, moving very slowly in a
circular motions.
With my past encounters with WTNT they have been feeding, with extremely
fast flying and swooping, sometimes quite close to the ground/treetops.
This gliding behaviour is obviously energy-saving when the birds are not
feeding. Quite a sight ­ at one time the whole sky was thickly dotted with
swifts seemingly ³hanging² in the air,

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