A couple of obs from Mallacoota

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Subject: A couple of obs from Mallacoota
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:09:40 +1100
I thought that rather simply sending a test message I'd see if my updated
address worked by reporting a couple of possibly interesting "hearings"
from a recent visit to Mallacoota (extreme East Victoria).

The first was  a Rose Robin heard calling from dense vegetation behind the
Karbethong Boat ramp.  This seemed very unseasonal t me, which thought was
confirmed by a couple of other birders in the area.  Looking at Birdata
shows a good crop of records for this species in the area, but they thin
out dramatically when filtered for December.

Secondly was hearing an Eastern Koel calling from somewhere further up the
inlet (but possibly still in the built up area).   Birdata shows very few
records of this species in East Gippsland generally.  My immediate thought
was that it had come down to challenge the Wonga Pigeons in the competition
for most repetitive annoying call: if so, it gave up as we only heard it a
few times.  We didn't see or hear a Noisy Friarbird in our stay and Red
Wattlebirds were thin on the branch so what the bird might be looking to
parasitise is an interesting question.

Martin Butterfield
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