of choughs and cockatoos

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Subject: of choughs and cockatoos
From: Peter Miller <>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2022 00:25:51 +0000
Morning everyone,

Out for a walk with the dog and son recently returned from Orange on Mt. 
Majura this morning. A bit below the summit, heard a call which sounded 
quite similar to a glossy black cockatoo. I haven't seen them on the 
mountain since the the fires 2 years ago so investigated.

However, my normal tin ear had been fooled by a couple of young choughs 
begging-it really was quite a similar call but on reflection not quite 
as "ringing" as the glossy's squawk.

Anyway, continued on to the top and saw the resident peahen at the radar 
station which is always fun. Also at the top, were three 
needletails-flying around who headed off  in an easterly direction.

On the way back down the "Casurina trail", the track that cuts across 
the slope above the two dams on the southern side of the mountain, we 
heard another call-and this time I'm like-yup-that's definitely a glossy 
black! So even though our stomachs were both complaining about the lack 
of sustenance, we hiked up in the direction and this time, there really 
were two glossy blacks, first perched in dead eucalypt, and then 
obliglingly circling and showing off those fantastic tails-so beautiful.

As well as the glossys (is that the correct plural?) we saw numerous 
sulphur crested perched high in trees against a luminous sky and then 
coming back across the front, a family (3) of gang-gangs near the tree 
in which they attempted to breed this year-so possibly that pair with 

Anyway, a lovely way to start the weekend. As my son said having 
returned from living in the large metropolis of Orange, we are so lucky 
having the bush literally as our doorstep!



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