YTBCs & RRPs at Lake Ginninderra 17 March 2005

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Subject: YTBCs & RRPs at Lake Ginninderra 17 March 2005
From: John Brannan <>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 22:57:51 +1100
Hello all,

While we're on the topic, I happened to be walking the dog around the
peninsula (off Ginninderra Drive) on Lake G this (Thursday) afternoon, and got a close-up look at 5 YTBCs in a tree quite close to the reserve near the car park on the Eastern side. The lone adult male was keeping a lookout while the others idly stripped bark off an already rather
sorry looking stringy bark gum. Also flushed a flock of around 20
red-rumps, but was more taken with the 25 or so red-browed firetails
feeding in the lightly wooded grasslands at the top of the peninsula.
I've seen them there before, but not in such numbers. Other usual
suspects were also present, including woodswallows and the ubiquitous
white-plumed HEs including some juveniles.

John Brannan

I counted a group of at least 50 Red-rumped Parrots on the powerlines at the end of Jarramlee Rd on Tuesday afternoon.


At 11:00am today, I watched a flock of some 40 - 50 Yellow-tailed
 Black-Cockatoos flying south west to north east across Lake
Also counted 18 Red-rumped Parrots perched on power lines, and another  group of 22 on lines about 250 metres further around the shore. Interestingly,  when I investigated adjacent gum trees, I estimated that there would have been  about another 20 perched among the
foliage, including three or four which I  recognised as immatures. On
the other side of the lake I came upon another bunch  of about 20
birds perched atop a couple of dead trees.
John Layton.

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