Honeyeaters - White-napes at last!!

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Subject: Honeyeaters - White-napes at last!!
From: Jean Casburn <>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2020 07:06:20 +0000

Yesterday and today small groups of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters passed over Duffy.  Also today more than yesterday unidentified groups of birds of similar size to YFHE were passing but not calling. Perhaps these were White-naped Honeyeater. Too quick for me to identify and without binoculars.

As an aside, during our COG visit to Guthega 10 to 14 February , good numbers of White-naped Honeyeater were heard and seen in the forest from Sawpit Creek down to the Snowy River. Vegetation in the Guthega region was the best I have seen for many years. So there is still hope.




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Sent: Sunday, 19 April, 2020 12:55 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Honeyeaters - White-napes at last!!



A good day for honeyeaters over Jerrabomberra yesterday – lots going past throughout the day. Today started well but waned over the morning to infrequent flocks, at times flying rather erratically. I took my camera and stood under the flyway for about 45 minutes. The first thing I noticed was that the honeyeaters were being harassed by at least three raptors – at least two being Hobbys.


I have just scanned the photos and the results are surprising, given my recent observations. The smaller flocks were, in the main, Yellow-faced. But the larger flocks comprised a high percentage of White-naped, some as high as 85%, but in the main around 50%. This is, of course, consistent with what should be expected by this stage in a migration. But it has happened suddenly rather than gradually. This is good news as I was beginning to be concerned that the White-naped may have taken a heavy hit in the bushfires.




Lindsay Hansch

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