Watson Swift Parrots

To: Con Boekel <>
Subject: Watson Swift Parrots
From: Megan Mears <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 06:02:50 +0000
I live close to 'Parrot Central' and have often noted the high number of parrot species in that area. Along Negus Cr Rainbow Lorikeets and Superbs also favour the same street trees that the Swift Parrots were in. On Wednesday morning I saw 10 Superbs feasting there and they roost close by in the large gums seasonally. There's also a SCC roost nearby and Gang-gangs fly over daily. I assume it's a GG flight path from Mt Majura to wherever they go for the day. The area is also along a Red-rump roost flight path in a different direction. The other species (Corellas, Galahs, King Parrots, Eastern Rosellas and Crimsons) seem a bit more mysterious in their movements but are often about too.

Unfortunately the street trees on the TV station side of Negus will go for parking in due course, as a large amount of housing and some retail is coming to that block. (Norrebro is the name of the development.)

On other tree related matters, many old Box -Gums were removed from a different North Watson housing development site recently. It's very sad and has been reported as it's also very controversial. I am hopeful fines will be issued, but nothing can replace the old trees.


On Friday, September 28, 2018, Con Boekel <> wrote:

Hi All

The Negus Crescent count this morning was up to eight individuals. It is quite possible that more were present. They had all gone by 10.30, flying deeper into Watson (in the general direction of the erstwhile Apostlebird's Wetland) when they left.

In the rich COG tradition I believe we ought to dub Negus Crescent 'Parrot Central' - at least until the adjacent paddock is swamped by the suburban tide.

This morning we enjoyed a psittacine feast: Gang-gangs, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Galahs, Rainbow Lorikeets, both species of rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Swift Parrot and Superb Parrot.



On 9/28/2018 10:58 AM, Matthew Willis wrote:
Lovely photos, Julie. 

I missed them in Watson yesterday, but found them this morning courtesy of Con and Linda and their serious lenses. Myself and my more humble lens managed a few shots in what are definitely tricky conditions.

This morning they were out the front of the houses and then decamped, some taking up positions in the lerp-ridden eucalypt just inside the construction zone around the bend. A few more had possibly headed into the woodland park, in the general direction of which young Con was headed when we parted.

It's been a thrill to have this chance to see this beautiful little birds - thanks to the group.


On Fri, 28 Sep. 2018, 10:44 am Julie Clark, <> wrote:
Hi All,

Thanks to everyone who has provided information on the locations of these beautiful, endangered parrots in Canberra.

On second attempt at Watson yesterday I managed to see them, along with Alison, Mark and numerous other interested folk.

They flew in at around 4.50pm and when we left about 30 minutes later they were still happily feeding  in the tree mentioned by Alison.

Photos were a challenge, due to light and  distance but we all managed some photos.

For anyone interested ....


On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 8:41 PM Alison <> wrote:

Arrived at Negus Crescent between 2:30 and 3:00 pm. Thought I saw three Swift parrots fly off westward but couldn’t find them again. Met with some others and wandering around saw six Superb Parrots flying southward. Later found a pair outside of number 8 Negus Crescent. Also saw three Gang Gangs in the area near the wetlands pond. Noisy Miners and Crimson Rosellas galore  but no Swift parrots.


About to give up and go home when suddenly a group of 10 or more flew in from the direction of the wetlands.  Kept moving tree to tree before finally settling in a tree near the construction site. Not the best light with the sun in front of us.




From: Marnix Zwankhuizen [mailto:m("","marnix.zwankhuizen");" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">]
Sent: Thursday, 27 September 2018 8:24 AM
To: Megan Mears
Cc: David Rees; Canberrabirds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Watson Swift Parrots (Film)


Thanks to Ash and others for reporting these. There were 15 Swift Parrots at Negus Crescent around 8am. Plenty of other great birds around including up to 4 Superb Parrots, 2 King Parrots, 3 Rainbow Lorikeets and a Noisy Friarbird in the same flowering Ironbark outside number 8. The local Noisy Miners would every so often chase a Swift out of the tree and it would fly in a wide arc almost hitting me where I was standing across the road. The birds flew towards Hope Park around 8:15am. 


I had forgotten how colourful and beautiful Swift Parrots are. An awesome experience before heading off to work.



On Sep 27, 2018 at 7:34 am, <> wrote:

Super video thank you David.


The Swifts are back in the same Negus Crescent location this morning too.





On Wed., 26 Sep. 2018, 4:03 pm David Rees, <> wrote:

Much better than yesterdays' effort...







Julie Clark

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