Regent Honeyeaters in the Hunter Valley

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Subject: Regent Honeyeaters in the Hunter Valley
From: steve roderick <>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 19:54:52 +1000

I found 12 Regent Honeyeaters at Werekata N.P. at Pelton near Cessnock, Hunter 
Valley, NSW.

This is the same site Mick Roderick has recently seen Swift Parrots. I got 
there early in the morning to see if the Swifts were around, but dipped only to 
find 3 Regents. I went back there in the arvo and found 12 Regents. They were 
in ones and twos, with one sighting of 3 birds in one tree. Some were feeding 
on Spotted Gum blossom (of which there is plenty) and others lerping on 
Broad-leaved Ironbark, some were busy chasing each other. Not all were feeding 
though, but all were vocal making it easier to track down. They were seen here 
at the exact same location in 2005, which also is when the spottys last 
flowered abundantly and when we had large numbers of Swift Parrots. Some Swifts 
were heard on dusk but were unable to be located. Will be monitoring this area 
closely, as well as other local hotspots for these species.

Steve Roderick.

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