Locations wanted for Regent Honeyeater in summer

To: Mick Roderick <>
Subject: Locations wanted for Regent Honeyeater in summer
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:35:06 +1100
How come we can track godwits across the ocean but we can't track honeyeaters 
these relatively short distances? Are they too small to carry the necessary 

Peter Shute 

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> On 19 Jan 2015, at 3:36 pm, Mick Roderick <> wrote:
> Hi Pieter,
> You are not alone in wanting locations for Regent Honeyeaters in summer ;-)
> BirdLife Australia administers the recovery effort for Regent Honeyeaters and 
> the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator (Dean Ingwersen) works out of the 
> head office in Melbourne. I work for BirdLife on the "Regent HE project", 
> which in reality refers to a series of projects aimed at recovering the 
> Regent HE, which is, as you would likely know, a Critically Endangered 
> species. 
> One of the things we do is maintain a national database of sightings. Summer 
> is always a very lean time for sightings and this is because we still don't 
> have a good hold on what the birds actually do post-breeding. Now that there 
> are only a few hundred birds thought to remain, summer sightings are 
> particularly lean (and in 2014, breeding records were extremely so!). 
> The only recent records we've been made aware of have been a juvenile bird on 
> private property at Jackadgery (west of Grafton) and a bird in coastal 
> banksia / smooth-barked apple forest (which is unusual) near Mungo Brush 
> (north of Hawks Nest, NSW mid north coast), both in first week of Jan. 
> There aren't many other leads I can give you unfortunately. There weren't 
> birds breeding in the Capertee Valley this year and there was only just the 
> one sighting in the whole valley during Nov/Dec. The only nest we were aware 
> of in the Hunter Valley appeared to fail. There were some signs of breeding 
> in Chiltern (Vic) but too were thwarted by unknown causes. Evidence of a 
> successful breeding pair was found in nearby Corowa in late November. 
> There was a successful nest at the Nangahrah Bird Route site in October (was 
> posted to Birdline a couple of times) but these birds haven't been seen since 
> November despite targeted surveys happening there in December. 
> So, if you happen upon some Regent Honeyeater sightings in the summer months 
> we'd be pleased to hear it! All Regent Honeyeater sightings should be 
> reported to BirdLife on 1800 621 056 or to  or 
> Sorry we can't be of any more assistance and sorry also for hijacking your 
> request email, but with so few sightings of Regent Honeyeaters in 2014 we 
> need all the information we can get. Good luck with your searches. 
> Mick 
>        From: eagleowl22 <>
> To:  
> Sent: Monday, 19 January 2015, 10:39
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Locations wanted for Regent Honeyeater in summer
> Hi all,
> I'm currently in Northern NSW. I was hoping someone could tell me where to 
> find Regent Honeyeater in the summer months. Heard about Barraba District but 
> the only recent info I get is from the local info centre, no known recent 
> sightings (but not the best spot to ask I reckon). 
> Hope to hear something soon, 
> Best regards, 
> Pieter de Groot Boersma
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