Migrating Honeyeaters

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Subject: Migrating Honeyeaters
From: sandra henderson <>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2019 08:09:36 +0000
Similar at Casuarina Sands this morning. An almost constant stream coming across the river, downstream of the main recreation area, where the rapids are. About 10% white-naped, rest yellow-faced. I watched for 5 mins and estimated 500 birds in that time.
Sandra h

On Monday, 8 April 2019, Jack & Andrea Holland <> wrote:
Thank you Lindsay, we had a very viewing of the migration during at the COG walk at Narrabundah Hill yesterday morning.  We concluded a very conservative estimate of 2500 Yellow-faced, the bulk of which came through in a pretty much continuous stream low over and beside us at the main flyway where we spent around 45 minutes from 10:15.  They were still at their peak around the time we left.  A couple of Hobbies were also cruising around in the area, though no-one mentioned seeing them attempt to take any birds.
If anyone is interested in seeing this phenomenon I can provide the best timing and direction.  Thursday morning with the predicted overnight low of 2oC and light winds would seem an excellent opportunity.
Jack Holland
Sent: Monday, April 8, 2019 4:47 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Migrating Honeyeaters

After several days of not much action on the Jerrabomberra flyway we have had two really big days.  Yesterday the first flock passed over our house at just before 9 am.  There was flocks passing frequently all day with the last sighted just as the sun set.  Then this morning there were huge numbers passing over from 8:45am.  I grabbed my camera and wandered out to the edge of suburbia to where I could observe across an open paddock with two old willow trees in the centre that the birds use as a “stepping stone”.  Honeyeaters were streaming past.  I saw three flocks (more streams I suppose) of over 1000 birds and several of between 400 and 700. Early in the piece a large flock descended on the willows and pandemonium erupted.  Honeyeater exploded from the trees in every direction.  I stood and watched for some time and the cause was soon revealed.  THREE Hobbies had located themselves in the trees.  They were perched low down and when a flock of HE arrived one of the Hobbies would fly up over the tree and pluck a HE from the top of the tree, where they usually perched, before diving back into the tree, presumably for a quick snack.  The rest of the HE would explode away.  This went on for some 40 minutes.  I had initially assumed only one Hobby but the frequency of the attacks led me to investigate further, so I jumped the fence. This revealed the three Hobbies.  I gave away the observations when the wind increased and the flow of birds slowed down at about 10am.  Within the hour the action had picked up and there have been good numbers passing until the action died down at about 3:30.  I took a lot of photos to get an idea of flock composition which revealed about 20-25% White-naped with the majority Yellow-faced.  I did see a lone White-eared and two Red Wattlebirds.





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