Spangled Drongos

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Subject: Spangled Drongos
From: "Simon Clayton" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:10:01 +1100
Hi Greg & Birders,


Yes, Drongos have been here in profusion. On 22/01/13 I recorded a noisy
party of 15 newly arrived here at Gibraltar Reserve NSW, map available here;

There were several more the following day, and on 24/01/13 there were well
over 100 within approx 50 hectares of our reserve. It was a delight to enjoy
these noisy birds in such unusual numbers, and they spent much of their time
imitating Grey Goshawk call, as they usually seem to do, coinciding with the
unusual absence of actual Grey Goshawks. I can only imagine, but there could
well have been thousands of Drongos in the surrounding area just ahead of
the ex-cyclone.


The Drongos absolutely decimated the Cicada population, along with several
dozen Noisy Friarbirds. Two days later it started raining, in a very big
way. Over 600mm of rain fell from 26/01/13 to 29/01/13. This is about half
of our annual rainfall in 3 days!

These Drongo numbers continued during the deluge, until 2 days ago 02/02/13
when there were just a handful left, today I haven't recorded one.


It's much quieter now, with Cicada numbers heavily reduced, following an
equally unusually large number of this season. I can hear King Quail again,
their thin call has been drowned out by Double Drummers and Greengrocers for
a couple of months. Now it's the turn of the Frogs.


Since the flooding rain, 4 Glossy Black-Cockatoos have been feeding on the
site for the past 3 days, a pair of Pacific Baza has hung around and some
Double-barred Finches have turned up. Scaly-breasted & Musk Lorikeet have
also been moving around for a few days.


I will be posting a seasonal report in due course; it's been an unusual one,
so far.


Waiting for a Frigatebird to turn up on the dam!


Simon Clayton


Birdrangers, Gibraltar Reserve

Cangai, NSW, 2460



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