Random observation about roosting Noisy Miners in Kambah

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Subject: Random observation about roosting Noisy Miners in Kambah
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 16:45:01 +1100
I have walked recently at night up to Kambah Village, where there are a lot of Noisy Miners. I notice that many roost out in the open, in the closest trees along Boddington Crescent, in low parts of the Eucalypts without leaves and very exposed. Others were roosting in better sheltered places or higher in the trees. I wonder if there is some dominance or competition going on, I would assume there is no shortage of roosting sites. 50 or so metres further along Boddington Crescent (towards the church) there are several trees with none in them. In the almost full moon, not to mention many big street lights at this big intersection (Tuggeranong Parkway, Boddington & Marconi Crescent) they are very obvious. They are well within touching and catching distance. Not sure if I should mention that Sophia wished to see one close up, rather than just sleeping in the tree, so she slowly grabbed one by the tail, which was not my intention or expectation and I had to tell her was not a nice thing to do. The bird wasn't very impressed either. Its yapping and struggle woke up some others that flew to further branches. It is easy to just touch them to wake them up, at which they look around a bit dopey for a while. They were back there equally obvious the next night (or two). 
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