Deua National Park -COG AOI

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Subject: Deua National Park -COG AOI
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:16:27 +1000
We have just spent four days camping and trekking through the park. Honeyeaters, Silvereyes, robins were on the move. Cicadabird, Rufous Fantail, Shining Flycatcher were absent. No cuckoos were recorded. Apart from the migrants, MFF provided the bulk of the sightings: usually they consisted of Striated and Brown Thornbills, Grey Fantail, White-throated Treecreeper and Golden Whistler. We saw plenty of Spotted Quail-thrush, including a party of four. Highlights were Crescent Honeyeater, Wonga Pigeon, Rose Robin, and Bassian Thrush (two together). Lowlight was a complete absence of owl records and just three raptor sightings in four days. The piscatorial highlight was a school of galaxids in a small clear mountain stream. Galaxids are getting a hammering from (I suppose) anthropmorphic changes to hydrology, carp, redfin, trout and mosquito fish, so sightings are now much rarer than they were in my youth. They are such lovely movers. Another highlight was finding a very small patch of what I took to be sub-tropical rainforest within the COG AOI boundaries. There are other such, I believe. This patch was patchy but vine cover was good and there was no ground storey veg.

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