Suburban Yellow-faced HEs and diving Red Wattlebirds

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Subject: Suburban Yellow-faced HEs and diving Red Wattlebirds
From: "Frank Antram" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 23:04:33 +1000

Although not about “almost constantly’, YFHEs have also been more common here in Macquarie this winter, and 3 were bathing in our pond on 29 June.  Red Wattlebirds, on the other hand, are as common as ever, and the most enthusiastic users of the pond, providing daily gannet impressions as they dive fearlessly into the drink!





From: Milburns [
Sent: Monday, 10 July 2006 9:39 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Suburban White-plumed HE


I have not posted my WPHE observations this winter but it looks as though they may be a trend that is noteworthy.  We see  a few WPHE per year in Higgins and usually in spring but this winter I am hearing them almost every day and seeing them every few days in the garden.  In addition I have not observed YFHE here during the winter previously but this winter they are about almost constantly.  I hesitate to offer a reason for this but something that is very noticeable is that Red Wattlebird numbers are significantly lower than the plague proportions of recent seasons.


PJ MIlburn


The Milburns
42 Bundey Street
ACT 2615

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