Tharwa Sandwash

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Subject: Tharwa Sandwash
From: "Esme Barker and Bruce Ramsay" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 13:25:55 +1000
Went to Tharwa Sandwash after work this morning and spent about an hour and a half there - left about midday as it was getting quite hot.
Small groups of 4-6 Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were passing through - and also stopping to feed in the flowering eucalypts. Rufous Whistlers were very conspicuous and Tree Martins were gathering mud at the river edge. I'll call that "Breeding - nest building" when I put in the Atlas record - on the assumption that the mud was building material and not food. Actually, I think I managed to spot where one pair may be building - but its quite a way up the slope from the river.
Other highlights for me were a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring high up roughly over where the Namadgi Visitor Centre would be and a pair (male and female, the size difference quite noticeable) of Brown Falcon - both birds the pale form of the brown morph.
A pair of Hooded Robins were actively hunting - I saw the male catch a fairly large caterpillar on the ground and then take it back to a perch to subdue and eat it. A Mistletoebird also passed through - stopping briefly near where the Robins were foraging before heading uphill to the eucalypts. Nankeen Kestrel was present again but only briefly.
All up, I managed to spot 18 species and, as with my visit the other day, I'm sure someone who can put a bird name to the many fainter calls that must be all aound would have got that number quite a bit higher.
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