Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR

To: 'Canberrabirds' <>
Subject: Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR
From: Wallaces <>
Date: Tue, 4 May 2021 06:36:49 +0000

I have loaded some videos of the swift parrots at Callum Brae feeding.


One of the eight videos was stuck in processing last time I looked but the other seven should be viewable.




From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Geoffrey Dabb
Sent: Monday, 3 May 2021 4:34 PM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR


Interesting.  My impressions after 2 visits to C Brae was (item for item) lerps 75%, buds 20%, blossom (nectar) perhaps 5%.  Below is poor photo but hard to imagine more lerps than showing here.  It takes longer to deal with a single bud because it is held and squeezed, not swallowed.


A bird on a branch

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From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of Peter Cranston via Canberrabirds
Sent: Monday, 3 May 2021 3:12 PM
To: Steve Holliday <>; Matthew Fitzgerald <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR


I looked closely at David's excellent video from Callum Brae, expecting to see lerps on the foliage. There were few and only a few frames showed a swiftie obviously gleaning - most seemed to be nipping off developing flower buds, as reported from Mt Ainslie.
There were few or no lerps on the favoured gums in MItchell a couple of years ago, but damaged flower buds littered beneath their preferred feeding trees. This is not to say they don't do lerps, but it may not be such an important food resource in Canberra compared to flower buds.
pete cranston

From: Canberrabirds <> on behalf of Matthew Fitzgerald via Canberrabirds <>
Sent: Monday, May 3, 2021 10:38 AM
To: Steve Holliday <>
Cc: <m("","canberrabirds");">>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR


Thanks Steve, they're still here feeding in the gums.



On Mon, 3 May 2021, 09:45 Steve Holliday, <> wrote:

Up to 30 Swift Parrots in Mt Ainslie NR this morning (with 25 seen close by last evening). Only 100 metres or so up from the Foveaux St entrance, just downhill from the powerlines.


Birds were busy feeding in several Yellow Boxes – many of the trees are in heavy bud and probably close to flowering, the Swifties were chewing on the flower buds.



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