2 Highlights from a recent trip to Gluepot

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Subject: 2 Highlights from a recent trip to Gluepot
From: sandra henderson <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:13:16 +1000
4 COG members went to Gluepot in SA for a few days camping a couple of weeks ago. While the weather wasn't the best, we had a great time and there were a couple of very special moments.
As I drove towards Waikerie, in an area with a strip of shrubbery beside the road, a spotted harrier flew alongside the car, at about eye level, and only about 5 metres away from us, for several hundred metres. It was obviously looking for a meal in the shrubbery, and we were entranced by this most spectacular view of a special raptor.  Where's Geoffrey or Steve with their video camera when you need them.... ?
Towards the end of our time at Gluepot we stopped at the Lunettes walk parking area. Just beyond the gate we were delighted to see white-fronted chats, our 51st species at Gluepot for the trip.  As we were watching the chats a male red-capped robin appeared on the fence, and hopped down to the path. Then another male RCR joined him on the path. They faced off about 30cm apart. Bird 1 took a little hop forward, bird 2 hopped back the same distance. They repeated this about half a dozen times, one advancing and the other retreating, until bird 2 gave up and flew off. One of the funniest examples of bird behaviour I've ever seen - boys strutting their stuff

Sandra H

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