some sightings

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Subject: some sightings
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 14:44:43 +1100
Hi Coglisters

Recent sightings include:

King Parrot, including dy, in my back yard until chased away by Pied Currawong. Billy Grace Reserve (just South of Wee Jasper): 130 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, including many juveniles begging (none observed to be fed); White-throated Gerygone, Western Gerygone, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo, and Galah (dy) Micalong Creek Reserve (a bit further South): Australian Wood Duck (dy); Silvereye (dy), Willy Wagtail (dy), House Sparrow, Rainbow Bee-eater, Satin Bowerbird, Brown Falcon and New Holland Honeyeater. The Rainbow Bee-eaters were not migrating (on the day) but feeding from bare branches over the creek. The New Holland Honeyeaters were in dense creek-side vegetation. For those of you who have yet to go out that way: The road is mostly bitumen, but at times narrow and winding. The reserves have camping and a range of facilities and dogs are allowed. There are fees but I don't know what they are. By my, sometimes wayward, calculations Billy Grace is in A10 and Micalong Creek is in A11. There are also two interesting-looking TSRs on the way and, getting towards Wee Jasper, there is a wonderful panoramic view from the road. Bruce Ridge: Noisy Friarbird (dy), Superb Fairy-wren (dy), Little Eagle, and Sacred Kingfisher (cf). The latter had an insect in its bill and was perched when first spotted. It was obviously watching me watching it. From time to time it called loudly. There was some sort of begging call nearby. It simply out-waited me, then flew in a very wide circle, calling loudly. The begging call stopped, possibly because dy chased the adult. I have no other breeding record for Sacred Kingfishers this year - they have been too clever.


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