Grey Goshawk and Superb Fairy-Wrens

Subject: Grey Goshawk and Superb Fairy-Wrens
From: "Geoff Kay" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 06:07:57 +0000
Perhaps the enterage of this years recent ANU honors cohort have begun their field research in the gardens! Knowing what I do about the detail those projects entail, I reckon those birds are entitled to a few months payed-leave for the work they've put in!

Nice about the Goshawk. Does anyone know where I can get 'reliable' sightings of a peregrin around canberra (I heard a few years ago about a building in Civic. Is there a pair still around the city?)

Cheers, Geoff.

  .--_/\        Geoff Kay
/       \        'Waminda' c/o Hall
\_.--.._/        PO ACT 2618

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Subject: [canberrabirds] Grey Goshawk and Superb Fairy-Wrens
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 09:15:21 +1000

Good morning all,

I have two observations that I think are worth noting. Firstly, a white
morph Grey Goshawk having fun IN a flock of Galahs almost over my house
in Kaleen at about 1600hrs on Friday (26th) afternoon. From the size of
the bird it was a male. A long time ago I had a Grey Goshawk land on the
clothes line in my backyard while I was having breakfast and there have
been several (probably not reported) records from what was CSIRO
Wildlife, which is only a moments flying time away as the Goshawk flies.

Secondly, my wife and I went for a wander around the ANBG for a couple
of hours yesterday (1030 - 1230). We wandered past the top of the
Crosbie Morrison Building, hit the boundary road/fence between the CSIRO
and the gardens, on to the bottom end of the Sydney Sandstone gardens,
walked through them to the top near the now empty plant storage area,
along the road above the top of the Eucalypt lawn, then down towards and
into the rainforest gully, coming out near the Bookshop. A quick visit
was then made to the Tasmanian gardens to see if the water dragons were
about yet. The reason I have detailed the route is that I found all the
usual suspects seen in the gardens EXCEPT for Superb Fairy-wrens. I
finally saw a group of five in the Tasmanian section - that was it!.
What has happened to them? Usually they are the first thing you see in
the gardens and you are generally kicking the little beasties out of the
way. Has anyone else noticed this or was it just one of those flukey
things that sometimes happen?


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