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Subject: Coast
From: "Rod's Gardening" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 22:52:14 +1100
We had a few days at  Durras either side of Christmas.  The birding fun actually started before we left home when the Holder Koel starter doing circuits over our house at about 7am, pursued at times by Currawongs and Magpies.  Then about 10 ks this side of Braidwood there was a pair of Wedgies perched in a dead tree, looking magnificent.  Other side of Braidwood a streamlined raptor which was probably a Peregrine Falcon.
At the coast itself, in between bouts with sundry grandchildren, I managed 54 species with some great highlights:
3 Glossy black Cockatoos incl. 1 DY,  at least 26 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, female Sthn Emu-wren, Jacky Winters with DY, Brown Cuckoo-Dove,  2 Olive-backed Orioles, one carrying food, White-cheeked Honeyeater carrying what appeared to be nesting material, Pied and Sooty Oyster catchers, 12 White-headed Pigeons flying overhead, Dusky Woodswallows with DY, Koels and Fan-tailed Cuckoos calling constantly, and finally a Scarlet Honeyeater.  Re the latter, were it not for our geographical location, not to mention the certain prospect of ridicule, I would have called it as a Red headed Honeyeater, such was the view I had.
Non-birding highlight was a big Red-bellied Black Snake on the edge of a soak very adjacent to the track which runs from Lakeside Drive Durras to Grassy Bank, Durras Lake.
Back home, I hear the Koel from about 4.30 every morning, although one neighbour reports it calling all night.
Happy New year all
Rod Mackay
Rod's Garden Maintenance
Tel.  0407 456 330
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