Royal Spoonbills, Nightbird query

To: "'Paul Mahoney'" <>, <>
Subject: Royal Spoonbills, Nightbird query
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 07:55:38 +1100
G'day Paul,

At a rough guess given your description of the call and the fact it was
moving rapidly above ground, I would suggest a Yellow-bellied Glider. A
second, less convincing guess, could possibly be a Short-eared Possum
(previously called Mountain Possum until it was split into two species) but
these are not normally fast moving like the gliders.

Hope this is of some help.

Happy New Year to all,


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Mahoney  
Sent: Thursday, 3 January 2008 11:27 PM
Subject: Royal Spoonbills, Nightbird query

Apologies for the late advice, but on the morning of Friday 21 December, I
observed a flock of 12 Royal Spoonbills flying over Page in a roughly
westerly direction.

Spent New Year's camping at Myanba Gorge in Southeast Forests NP where the
birdlife was, as always, fantastic.  Am totally stumped however, by a call
heard at approximately 1:30am on New Year's morning.  It was sufficiently
loud to wake me (and no, I had not had a big night).  I am not very good at
describing calls, but it was a relatively high-pitched, oscillating "chIG -
wrrRRrrRRrrRR", repeated a number of times.  The first part was quite sharp.
It was unlike any nightbird I had heard before and I was assuming it was
mammalian (on the basis that I am not as familiar with the possibilities
there) until I realised how rapidly the source of the call was moving
through the bush and above ground level.  Open to all suggestions....



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