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|Subject:||Quietish afternoon at Jerrabomberra|
|From:||"calyptorhynchus ." <>|
|Date:||Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:52:44 +1100|
Silly me, should have realised the wetlands would be dry and overgrown, so there I was this afternoon in the Ardea hide looking over the weeds and puddles....
Then a Blackbird flew very fast one way, and , more or less at the same time, a New Holland HE flew fast the other. A Cisticola flew down the one remaining puddle and stayed in nearby reeds for a few minutes.
Then a bizarre MFF flew by at the back:
10 Red-browed Firetails
25 immature Goldfinches
You wouldn't think these three spp would associate, but they did, in the mid level of the bushes round the back.
Things were getting a bit surreal by this stage, so I watched a young Dollarbird trying out some hawking moves at the back of the wetland area, and a young Black-Shouldered Kite also trying out hunting moves. Behind these in the far far distance over Mt Mugga the Mt Mugga Wedge-tailed Eagles were circling.
And then I saw a Swift. It was behind the wetlands, quite long way away and in the middle of Swallows (for comparison). It was moving fast, but it was quite small, and I think it was a Pacific Swift.
In the end, not too bad an hour or so.
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