Hoskinstown Plain this morning

To: "'martin butterfield'" <>, "'Geoffrey Dabb'" <>
Subject: Hoskinstown Plain this morning
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:44:49 +1000
So the word was "fascinating" about the witches, I never caught that word but I know all the rest of the song. This chat line is so relevant or resourceful.............
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From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Friday, 30 April 2010 5:22 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Cc: COG List
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Hoskinstown Plain this morning

Quite correct Geoffrey.  I fear the conservative 1960s BBC must have given us Poms the expurgated version. 

The web version I have just found includes advice relevant to the image takers:  "Now if you want to take some pictures of the fascinating witches who put the scintilating stiches in the britches of the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus.. "


On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

“ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus”, Martin.  Not quite the same thing so far as the more worldly courtier is concerned.  g


From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Friday, 30 April 2010 4:45 PM
To: COG List
Subject: [canberrabirds] Hoskinstown Plain this morning


I went for a prowl in the Plain this morning.  Very loud Eurasian Skylarks everywhere, but Australasian Pipits were still in groups (biggest seen was 9)   A female Flame Robin was good to see as were 4 Double-barred Fnches.  One Australian Shelduck was scrounging left over horse tucker, but when disturbed (by the stockman replenishing said tucker) headed off to the nearby lucerne paddock.  The stockman reported that there were usually 2 Shelduck present.

Only one Yellow-faced Honeyeater was heard, which given my view of this part of the migration path means that, like the ladies of the court of King Caractacus, they have just passed by! 

Also MIA were most other waterfowl.  The stretch of Molonglo through the property was almost devoid of any waterbirds whereas I would normally expect to tick 5 or 6 species along the river.


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