Tharwa, Namadgi

Subject: Tharwa, Namadgi
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 16:30:18 +1100

Tharwa Sandwash. Friday 7th. Saw nesting bee-eaters, rufous songlarks, 3 black fronted dotterels (1 juvenile), 2 whitefaces, male rufous whistler on a nest, redbrows with fledged juveniles. Interestingly 2 diamond firetails were there (didn't see them last time), and finally saw a male hooded robin. 1 Dollarbird swooped what I am pretty sure from the jizz, was a black falcon, but hard to see at distance. The black falcon later flew to the East side of the river and fed 2 begging fledglings. 5 Goldfinches including 3 juveniles.


Namadgi visitors centre, Saturday 8th. Near the Centre saw 4 restless flycatchers, 2 fledglings being fed. 1 adult diamond firetail and 2 juveniles. A white winged triller on a nest. Very large MFF- Many trillers, with 2 fledglings being fed by parents (very striped), rufous whistler fledglings being fed by parents. Western and white throated gerygones, fuscous honeyeaters, 4 sittellas, satin flycatcher male, horshfield's bronze cuckoo. 1 Whiteface. Rufous songlark.


Orroral campground. At least 4 and probably 6 sacred kingfishers with at least 2 being juveniles. Quite a few white eared honeyeaters, yf and 1 wn honeyeaters. 3 Fuscous honeyeaters having a bath as well as other birds. Common bronzewing.


Benj Whitworth


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