Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater at Campbell Park

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Subject: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater at Campbell Park
From: Peter & Di <>
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:03:06 +0000

Late Friday morning I was returning with a friend to the Campbell Park car park  after birding in the horse gate area. We were travelling very slowly along a narrow trail when we encountered an MFF and stopped the car for observation. Immediately a bird flew out of the bush and landed on the grill area of the car before hopping onto the bonnet from where it flew to a branch adjacent to the driver's window before flying off down the track.


We did not have time to get phones or cameras into action but had good views of the birds beak colour and face markings and are both certain it was a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater. I am familiar with SpH from the Cobar area and my friend has observed them in western NSW. The interest the bird was showing in the grill and windscreen wiper area of the car made me wonder whether it was in the habit of gleaning insects from cars.


Peter Mellor  

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