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Subject: REGENT HONEYEATER at Cooleman Ridge NR
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 12:35:28 +1000

Definitely.  Tobias only needs one more significant discovery to be on the list of the Ten Great Canberra Birdfinders Since the Stanhope Accession, a list maintained by me, I might mention.


Moreover, I understand he does most of this by pedalpower.  Martin, one of Carwoola’s more accomplished pedallers, might just keep up, and also Alastair on his primrose Vespa, but I expect to be well back in the peloton along with Suzanne Edgar on her Iris Murdoch Special.


Watching active gatherings of wattlebirds and friarbirds is one way of getting onto the now very infrequent transiting Regent.  As to the voice, its mimicry of the Red Wattlebird is now well-known, partly due to Philip’s contributions, which are acknowledged in HANZAB.    


From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 22 September 2008 6:29 AM
To: Leo Berzins
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] REGENT HONEYEATER at Cooleman Ridge NR


I have yet to see a Painted Honeyeater in the ACT, and have decided that the easiest way to find one is to follow Tobias around for the next week!

On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 9:30 PM, Leo Berzins <> wrote:

Splendid effort Tobias.


How about a new fixture on the COG calendar?

A discovery tour of the rare honeyeaters of the region guided by Tobias Hayashi, Steve Holliday and Alastair Smith.




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Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 7:19 PM

Subject: [canberrabirds] REGENT HONEYEATER at Cooleman Ridge NR


Hi all,

This 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).

It 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.

Attached is a poor quality photo taken in the failing light.






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