More Majura Swifties

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Subject: More Majura Swifties
From: "Steve Holliday" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 12:15:01 +1100
Headed out early this am to check Nicki's Swift Parrot site, no luck. Then had a look around the reservoir off Rivett St Hackett (where the Little Lorikeets were not long ago). There were at least 6 Swifties within stone throwing distance of the reservoir, very active and vocal at first, but they eventually settled in a large Yellow Box and went very quiet. At least 3 were sitting preening, one was foraging, apparently gleaning lerps from leaves. Due to the size and dense foliage of the tree I couldn't get an accurate count but at least 6 flew in. There were plenty of Noisy Miners in the area, but they appeared to ignore the parrots, in fact a miner sat quietly(!) for 5 minutes about a metre from a preening Swiftie without trying to beat it up. A couple of hundred metres up slope from here I heard Glossy Black-Cockatoos and saw a Little Eagle flying over. Lots of flowering Brittle Gum in this area, but couldn't find any Swift Parrots
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