A couple of obs from Mallacoota

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: A couple of obs from Mallacoota
From: David Clark <>
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:16:04 +1100

I saw a Koel at the Cabbage Tree reserve a few years ago.



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> On 28 Dec 2013, at 10:09 am, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
> 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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