Kambah Pool miscellany

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Subject: Kambah Pool miscellany
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 16:48:56 +1100
I decided to go on a extended journey from Kambah home to Kambah Pool today (5 km each way) during the mid day moderate heat.
As I arrived and was getting my things together, a man drove to the edge of the car park, got out of his car with a shoe box, knelt down and opened the shoe box and I saw something flutter out. I expect he did not notice I was inside my car and saw what he did. I approached him and said "what was that?" He said he caught a bird in his strawberry patch and decided he should take it out to the bush to release it. I asked what bird and he said "I dunno, a brown bird". My first likely thoughts on that basis were a myna or female blackbird. When he pointed it out to me, sitting rather dazed low in a nearby tree, I see and tell him it is a young Red Wattlebird. Given that it may still be dependent, I said it may not survive but at least it is a common native bird and probably no harm. He got in his car and drove off to wherever.
Here is a question for the database team: Does that constitute a Red Wattlebird to go on the datasheet? If I had not seen how it got there I would not have known. I did not observe any other Red Wattlebird(s) there today. 
From the car park I observed one Wedge-tailed Eagle flying over top of Bullen range then perch in a tree at the top. Then two more fly by (one presumably adult and one juvenile whilst the first bird stayed perched. Then all three seen flying.
Next thing a flock of about 10 Rainbow Bee-eaters flying tight circles around and above a circling Collared Sparrowhawk.
I passed a lady taking some photos on her digital camera, who asked me to identify on the camera screen, some birds green and red she had just photographed - Red-browed Finches.
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