ID query (and some Tidbinbilla birds)

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Subject: ID query (and some Tidbinbilla birds)
From: Robin Hide <>
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2010 21:36:34 +1000

On the way out to Tidbinbilla this morning during a quick stop at Casuarina Sands (Cotter), I saw briefly a small bird high in a bare tree at a distance - only had time for a v. poor photo. Ild be grateful for any likely ID suggestions (some form of honeyeater?)



Other birds seen: a male Flame Robin at Casuarina Sands, and a W-f Heron.

On road further on towards Tidbinbilla (in the pine plantings area), a Kestrel, and, surprisingly to me, a Peregrine (atop a young pine tree but letting us stop the car to watch briefly-directly into sun).



At Tidbinbilla, Welcome Swallows were hard at work nest-building in the Visitors Centre porch, while two were briefly inspecting the front wheel of a parked car…for what?

  Within Tidbinbilla, a pair of WtEagles circling, another pair of unidentified smaller raptors v. high.; at the Wetland Sanctuary area, several White-naped Honeyeaters at blossom, a flock of Striated Thornbills, a few Red-Browed Firetails; a number of water birds (Magpie Geese-one on nest, Swan on nest, Pacific Black Duck with two v. yng ducklings, male Musk Duck etc).

On the way out just past the Rock Valley Homestead, the large grassy area was dotted with a large flock (40+?)of Dusky Woodswallows (grazing for something?),and intermixed with a largely low flying flock of what I think were Tree Martins.
Glimpse of what looked like a O-b Oriole chased by a magpie in mistletoe-festooned gum beside road.

Robin  Hide

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