Re Silvereyes - Now you see 'em, now you don't

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Subject: Re Silvereyes - Now you see 'em, now you don't
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 19:54:12 +1100
Hi all
Sometimes, throughout the year, we wonder what has become of our local Silvereyes. Then, during early August, a couple of large ornamental plums - Prunus something-or-other, within two metres of the window, burst into blossom and the Silvereyes materialise out of the ether. I often sit and watch as they work their way among the blossoms gleaning nectar and tiny insects, I suppose. It's kind of relaxing, like watching fish in an aquarium. When the plum blossoms fade away, so too do the Silvereyes.
This morning we watched five Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos row across the sky on ever-so-slow, gracious wing beats. An eight-year-old neighbour asked, "How can they fly so slow and not fall out of the air?" I've often wondered the same thing about the big C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, particularly when they make a landing approach. Sighted another five YTBCs over Latham at 1:15pm.
John Layton. 
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