Crescent Honeyeaters Botanic Gardens

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Subject: Crescent Honeyeaters Botanic Gardens
From: "shaun bagley" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 20:02:12 +1000
On a walk in the Botanic Gardens at lunchtime today came across a male Crescent Honeyeater, in full cry, feeding in low bushes and wattle trees across from the lower end of the Sydney Region Gully. Active, noisy and easy to see. Only contestant was a Satin Bowerbird (imm?) which was also pretty vocal for a while in flowering wattles (baileyana?) above.
Right at the bottom of the gully by the base of the angophora amongst the ferns saw a bird which I can only surmise was a fledgling Crescent Honeyeater, not being experienced enough in this area yet. Clearly not skilled at flying, too big for offspring of usual resident ES or NH honeyeaters, crouching in that not yet sure what the world is about style that very young birds have. Clearly visible were large yellow wing patches, white eyebrow, grey upper and whitish underparts with streaking on throat/chest. Most obvious was pinkish base of bill and way bird held its head back with bill tipped up as if waiting to be fed. Lost sight of it as it flew/crashed into ferns.
On way back to car park along Main Path flushed the first Bronzewing I've seen in the gardens for a while.
Shaun Bagley
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