Wark's Road: Brown Honeyeater

Subject: Wark's Road: Brown Honeyeater
From: Peter Milburn <>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 13:03:37 +1100
I apologise for the delayed posting. We are still without internet access at home following the recent storms.

On Saturday morning I visited the productive wet forest section of Wark's Rd concentrating my search efforts on Antechinus and Honeyeaters. By 10:00 there was a lot of activity in the warm sunshine and the total lack of air movement made it very easy to find birds in the foliage.

At 11:00 a large group (50+) of honeyeaters was moving down the creekline and crossing the road through some dead tress. They were using the dead timber to perch and hawk for insects. The flock was about 80% White-naped Honeyeaters and the rest mainly Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. A strikingly different honeyeater perched in the dead twigs of a low branch almost above my head. With a large blackish bill the bird was essentially plain shades of olive-brown except for a bright greenish-yellow panel in the folded wings and a small yellow spot behind the eye. It crossed the road and provided several more views before it moved on with the flock. I identified it as a Brown Honeyeater, although I acknowledge the fact that the ACT is hundreds of kilometres away from the normal range of this species so it doesn't seem all that likely.

Several hours of further searching on Sunday morning failed to relocate the bird. No sign of Lewin's Honeyeater on either day.
Dr P.J. Milburn
Technical Specialist
ANU ACRF Biomolecular Resource Facility
John Curtin School of Medical Research
Australian National University
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Canberra ACT 0200
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