of choughs and cockatoos

To: Peter Miller <>
Subject: of choughs and cockatoos
From: Matthew Fitzgerald via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2022 06:30:09 +0000
Thanks for the inspiration Peter and Steve Holliday to look there today. I found a pair quietly feeding on the Casuarinas in that area this afternoon.

On Sat, 26 Feb. 2022, 11:26 Peter Miller, <> wrote:
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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