Satin Bowerbird & Starlings at OPH

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Subject: Satin Bowerbird & Starlings at OPH
From: "Shaun Bagley" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 23:51:12 +1100

After lunching at little cafe today (Friday 8/2) on western side of  National Rose Garden walking across boundary of Aboriginal Tent Embassy in front of Old Parliament House on way to John Gorton Building when attention was taken by Red-Rumped Parrot female that flew up into deciduous tree (Acer Spp?) where it was noisy but too well camouflaged for my companion to see. As we walked forward under a close-by Cedar saw a Satin Bowerbird (green version so presumably female and/or juvenile) hopping about in the lower branches which much easier to see.


In adjacent rose bushes were large number of starlings (more than a hundred with juveniles). Would make a nice picture, if you like “rats of the air”...


At cafe, juvenile Raven calling in semi-aark fashion and juvenile Red Wattlebird squeaking away, both fallen prey to fast food desires of contemporary Australia. At least the Magpie-Larks disdained the ham they were offered while the Choughs were amazingly unobservant of where the patrons were disposing of their high fat diet.


Shaun Bagley


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