Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW, 16 Sep 2010

Subject: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW, 16 Sep 2010
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:58:36 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

I had an hour to kill last week Thursday morning and had a look around at Royal 
Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW

Amongst the Grey-headed Flying-Foxes, there were a few Black Flying-Foxes - a 
bit scary to witness the spreading range of this dominant species.

The Powerful Owl was at its usual spot. Noisy Pied Currawongs led me to the 
spot. Unfortunately, there was a large area right underneath the owl trampled 
down by heavy creatures (most likely humans with binoculars and/or cameras). 
owl was consistently attacked by currawongs and looked quite ragged. (1) you 
easily see the owl from the trail, (2) don't spend too much time there, because 
you may attract the currawongs to the owl.

I found, what I believed was a dead immature Masked Lapwing. For an immature it 
seems a bit early in the season - or was it a late one of last year's season? 
Anyway, when I touched it, it turned around and flew off! But it was clearly 
sick, and most likely hasn't survived the day.



Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW


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