Bar-shouldered Dove at Dalmeny

To: canberra birds <>, joan fearn <>, <>, <>
Subject: Bar-shouldered Dove at Dalmeny
From: Dimitris Bertzeletos <>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 02:06:49 +0200
Nice Record!

There have been another 2-3 records of this species from Eurobodalla in the last three years. Muramarang NP, Surf Beach and Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve, I think the fact that its just north of Narooma means that it's the southernmost record to date.



Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:58:49 +1100
Subject: Bar-shouldered Dove at Dalmeny

I have received a report of  a Bar-shouldered Dove at Dalmeny (South Coast, just north from Narooma).
Date 26 February 2011
It is a positive ID with a photo attached.
I have included a cropped version of the original image as well, to show the bird more clearly.

I think this report warrants recording.
If any COG Members have contacts with the appropriate Eurobodalla birding group, kindly pass on this report to them.

"Hi Denis,
Frith lists the Bar-shouldered Dove as permanent somewhere north of the Hunter and some records on the coastal strip as far south as Bega.  On the other hand the Eurobodalla Nature group do not mention it at all in the two years I have their publication (2006 & 2007 I think)."

As the bird was resting on the wooden rail on the back of a chair, on a balcony, just outside a window, we discussed the prospect of the bird being a cage-bird escapee, as the bird had come in to a "bird feeder". My correspondent replied:

"I agree that the bird appeared to be fairly tame, but it came in first on the feeders (and I had put grain out earlier in the day). There were other birds around in the trees and feeding.  It cut out pretty quickly when I got a bit close and when the flash went off!
But any report could carry a note to the effect that there is always a chance with an individual parrot, pigeon, dove, quail or finch that is out of area that the bird is an escapee."

Clearly it is not outside its known range, but it does seem to be an uncommon bird in that area.
The habitat is moderately dense forest (possible regrowth forest), primarily mixed Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata), with some Stringybark trees. Average height 25 metres.  Some garden shrubbery in the garden and surrounding blocks, but in general there is little undergrowth, apart from scattered Cycad plants (Macrozamia communis) which are natural to the area.
Location approx 500 metres from the Ocean beach.

Denis Wilson

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