I regularly cycle from the Lyneham wetland and along the lower end of Boronia Drive past St Joseph’s Church O’Connor and regularly hear Superb Parots feeding on the fruits of planted and feral Arizona Ash Fraxinus velutina there and along Sullivans Creek.
On 20 May 2021, at 5:03 pm, wrote:
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Plenty of Superbs in O’Connor along Sullivans Creek in the late afternoons, between David Street and Wattle Street. I hear them flying over in the mornings too near the shops, but don’t get to go out and see them. I think it’s
I often see them perched in the afternoons.
Saw two groups of least a dozen each fly over yesterday afternoon, and hear them around that area a lot. So lucky to have them in my neighbourhood!
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I'm working from home today, so after seeing Philip's email I quickly ducked down to Jenke circuit to see the Superb Parrots. I couldn't stay long, but was greeted by 4 (3 females and a male) on the side of the road drinking at a puddle. I probably only saw
7 all up, but was only there less than 10 minutes and didn't have time to wander around much.
What surprised me was that they didn't seem particularly interested in the scattered eucalypts. Most treest there seem to be either casuarinas or exotics, and the focus of at least a couple of females was on the seeds of liquidamber and Chinese Elms. Haven't
looked up HANZAB yet, but that struck me as possibly unusual - certainly unexpected.
On Thu, 20 May 2021 at 15:05, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
I have just returned from another visit there. There is still about 30 Superb Parrots there, although more dispersed than yesterday, although I did have one flying
flock of about 20, whilst others were still about the trees. Also and maybe better, a tight group of about 20 to 25 Swift Parrots did several flying circuits around the car park. As in that was the biggest group but also about 4 other sightings of between
5 and 10, though I suspect these were all the same birds. At one stage 2 Superb Parrots joined the Swift Parrot flock. Similar shape but very different size and flying style. I tried but could not see the Swift Parrots perching and I suspect they went off
over Drakeford Drive.
Great news to know they're so resilient.
On Wed, 19 May 2021, 10:10 am Philip Veerman, <> wrote:
It gets better than that. I have just returned from visiting Kambah Medical Centre, at the bottom of Jenke Circuit Kambah (9 a.m.). Before going in I counted I
think 23 Superb Parrots in one tree but thought probably more. Coming out 30 minutes later it was clear they were in several trees around the car park. Could easily be 50 Superb Parrots there. M & F in sort of similar numbers. Feeding mostly on leaves, so
probably lerp, though I did not have binoculars to see that clearly (in very dull light). Noisy Miners were bothering them but mostly the SP would just do a wide circle and return.
Going out yesterday afternoon I saw three Superb Parrots fly past, being one of the very few records for my GBS site (in Kambah).
Then driving through Woden about 4 p.m. one adult male flying over the corner of Hindmarsh & Melrose drive. With the sun low behind, the bright green, yellow face
& red band really seemed glowing.
There are still regular flocks of up to 20 Superbs ( mixed) in various locations in Campbell. Also I saw 3 flying over MacArthur Avenue, O'Connor late yesterday afternoon.