Quietish afternoon at Jerrabomberra

To: "'calyptorhynchus .'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Quietish afternoon at Jerrabomberra
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:58:08 +1100
I would think that an association of Silvereyes and Red-browed Finches is quite normal. As is Red-browed Finches and Superb Fairy-wrens. 
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From: calyptorhynchus . [
Sent: Sunday, 2 March 2014 4:53 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Quietish afternoon at Jerrabomberra

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:

15 Silvereye
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.

John Leonard

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