|Subject:||Kurrajongs & Bowerbirds on Mt Ainslie|
|From:||"boy nature" <>|
|Date:||Tue, 14 May 2013 21:51:55 -0400|
Every so often something really unusual happens.
I was walking up Mt Ainslie when I heard a strange rattling sound that I havent heard before. A bit like maracas but with much larger dried nuts or fruit inside. On closer investigation I found 5 Kurrajong trees with dried fruits, the odd one still with some seeds in them, but most of the seeds probably had been eaten or fallen on the ground. This was causing much excitement for 2 flocks of white winged choughs (12 birds), numerous pied currawongs and some green birds being chased off by currawongs. On closer examination there were at least 9 satin bowerbirds. All were green. They were foraging on the branches and also on the ground. In the main they were feeding quite peacefully with only the odd squabble.
The area is quite bare, with a stand of Allocasuarinas to the North. It was probably the least satin bowerbird type habitat that I have seen.
This spot is uphill (NE) between the Water tank and the power station. See link
see also the link below for information on Kurrajongs
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