Yellow-plumed Honeyeater at Hall

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Subject: Yellow-plumed Honeyeater at Hall
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2018 11:11:03 +0000

Having lived in Canberra most of my life and started birding at a very early age, and with the influence of Steve Wilson and many others over the years, I think I can pretty categorically say that this record IS the first for the ACT. I never heard anyone mention the Yellow-plumed (or Mallee) Honeyeater as occurring within a bull's roar of Canberra. It would have been written up in the original, and subsequent, editions of Birds in the Australian High Country plus Steve Wilson's most informative book.

As an aside, the species has pretty well dropped out of The Charcoal Tank Nature Reserve over the last couple of years. It was regular, especially over summer coming in to water.


On 7/06/2018 8:20 PM, Barbara Allan wrote:

The COG Rarities Panel (from 1984 onwards) has not had a record of a Yellow-plumed HE presented to it. b


From: Steve Holliday [m("","pruesteve");">]
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:13 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Yellow-plumed Honeyeater at Hall


Prue and I met Alastair Smith at the Hall TSR this morning to look for the Yellow-plumed Honeyeaters belatedly reported on Birdline yesterday. After two hours in the TSR, on both sides of the border, we had seen a lot of honeyeaters but no Yellow-plumes.


We then crossed to the eastern side of the highway to the patch of woodland opposite the TSR, north of the rest area at the end of Victoria St. Prue and I eventually located a Yellow-plume with lots of other honeyeaters and pardalotes. We had it in view long enough for Prue to get a few photos before a White-plume chased it off. Good that at least one bird has been around for at least a week, hopefully more people can connect with them.


See ebird report for a couple of Prue’s photos








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