Happy New Year

To: David Bishop <>, Tracey Newcombe <>
Subject: Happy New Year
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2018 11:00:31 +0000
happy new year everyone from the hot, steamy pre-wet season north!!

just reading Tracey and David's posts here re Scarlet Honeyeaters, and yes, I 
agree that they are stunning little denizens indeed!!

but this topic reminded me of something that I observed up here just over a 
week ago...

I was showing Kev Bartram when he was up here some interesting stuff in the 
Wondecla area in the dry eucalypt belt on the western Atherton Tablelands, when 
I found a very young dependent juvenile Scarlet H being fed by its mother.

what was nice about it was that the 2 birds were only head height, and what was 
of special interest to me was that the mother's lower mandible had a rather 
bright yellow base that was about half the total length of its bill. This is 
something I've never noticed before with adult females... maybe the mother was 
only a year old? I'm not sure.

I haven't yet checked my HANZAB or any other detailed reference material to see 
if this is normal in adult females, but I am just wondering if anyone else has 
noticed this before??

both of you, David and Tracey, are in a nice position to check your birds for 
this in your regions when you see them next...

I would appreciate any feedback on this,

thanx and all the best,

martin cachard,
solar whisper wildlife cruises, daintree river,

& trinity beach, cairns
From: Birding-Aus <> on behalf of David 
Bishop <>
Sent: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 1:18 PM
To: Tracey Newcombe
Cc: Peter Lansley via Birding-Aus
Subject: Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you too Tracey.

Scarlet Honeyeater is indeed a delightful species. We live in Armidale and a 
few years ago our Angophoras were in flower and we enjoyed and ‘invasion’ of 
these beautiful birds along with several others in the same family. This year 
just a few arrived but have stayed all summer, males singing away. I doubt I 
will ever forget the song.

P. O. Box 1234, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia

> On Jan 2, 2018, at 11:53 AM, Tracey Newcombe < 
> <>> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Had a bit of a thrill this morning to see a small flock of Scarlet 
> Honeyeaters in my front garden, in a crab-apple tree. We get loads of birds 
> here in south coast NSW on our small acreage, but this is the first time 
> we’ve seen this beautiful little bird. There were a few males, several 
> females and some young birds as well. They were in the tree for about twenty 
> minutes, had a great view from the front window. Good start to the birding 
> year!
> Cheers,
> Tracey
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