Interesting and possibly elucidatory picture, Tobias. Looks
like the bird is under stress given the raised feathers, likely due the
interaction you reported. And given that Red Wattlebird numbers have increased
dramatically over the last decade or so perhaps this is indicative of the
problems faced by Regents’ in the area, even though they may just be
P.S. Dark or not , still a good picture.
From: Tobias Hayashi
Sent: Sunday, 21 September 2008 7:19 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] REGENT HONEYEATER at Cooleman Ridge NR
afternoon at about 5pm I discovered a Regent Honeyeater at Cooleman Ridge NR,
west of Chapman. It was behaving like a Red Wattlebird, chasing and being
chased by 3-4 wattlebirds, and also attended by 3-4 Satin Bowerbirds. It was
calling exactly like a Red Wattlebird (the various 'aggressive'/ territorial
calls) except it was in Regent Honeyeater style (ie, quieter, less harsh).
was hanging around an area of regenerated wattles, about 2 metres high and
rather thick. It is on the right side of the path directly up from the end of
Freebody Place, Chapman, and past the gate. It was most often around a large
eucalypt further down the path, opposite the smallish 'turtle pond' at the
bottom of the path.
is a poor quality photo taken in the failing light.
found in this incoming message.
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