Winter avian jewels of Holt

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Subject: Winter avian jewels of Holt
From: John Layton <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:09:00 +0000

On the southern periphery of Holt Oval stands an oak that bears a heavy crop of small acorns. This afternoon the carpet of russet fallen leaves and dry grasses was bejewelled by 33 Eastern Rosellas feeding on fragments of acorns dropped mainly by Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. In a couple of weeks time the tree will blossom forth with more avian gems in the form of King Parrots. Then, when arboreal pickings grow lean, Crimson Rosellas, King Parrots and Cockatoos will join the Eastern Rosellas picking through mast beneath the tree. Later still, all will be gleaning crushed acorns from a section of carpark under overhanging branches.


John Layton


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