White-cheeked x New Holland HE hybrid Narrabundah

To: COGChat <>
Subject: White-cheeked x New Holland HE hybrid Narrabundah
From: Ryu Callaway <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:01:35 +0000
I have just observed what is almost certainly the well-known hybrid from 
Jerrabomberra Wetlands feeding in a grevillea at Narrabundah College around 
4:25pm. Perhaps it has finally decided to move on. 
I'd gone to investigate an insistent unfamiliar single-note piping call when I 
located the bird in a grevillea, and it subsequently did some scolding calls 
for a while before quieting down. It was there for about 8 minutes (very vocal 
for the first 3 and possibly before I came outside), moving around and feeding 
quite a bit but very wary of my presence before I lost it and I was pretty sure 
it had gone at the end. After it disappeared I tried playing the white-cheeked 
call but it did not reply or return. The bird had the dark eye and the cheek 
patch smaller than a white-cheeked but larger and extending further forwards 
than a new Holland, with the distinctive white upwards flick below the eye like 
the wetland's bird. It's 2.5kms as the bird flies from its usual haunt - not 
sure if that would be within its usual daily movement range but as far as I 
know the first recorded excursion for this bird which has been recorded at 
Jerra fairly frequently for
 almost the past 3 years. I've never seen a New Holland HE at Narrabundah 
College either.
I would certainly be very interested in further sightings either back at the 
wetlands or elsewhere. Hopefully this won't be the last we see of this bird, 
and it isn't on its way to a new home where it may never be found.


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