Once again Shorty showed he knows how to be in the right place at the right time. It was such a calm, mildly sunlit Sunday afternoon I accepted his tip and went there for a few minutes. At that
time the spoonbills had decided to doze off, with heads of only a small number just visible above the reeds as sub-tenants of the ibis at Dead-Tree Roost (east). Tenants at Dead-Tree Roost (west) included at least 17 Little Black Cormorants, with more of
them on the water, at least 25 altogether. I didn’t progress much further but found a Fuscous Honeyeater (non-breeding condition) plunge-bathing in front of Cygnus. A snap from Dairy Road of a small section of the Forbidden Ponds showed, when subject to
a later count, 24 pink-ears, 4 black swans, 6 grey teal, 23 shovelers, 3 silver gulls, 4 coot, 2 hardheads, 3 black duck, 7 unidentified waterbirds.
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Subject: [Canberrabirds] Royal Spoonbills
I stopped into Jerra Wetlands just to take a look at the Southern end of Kelly's and there were 12 juveniles and when I left there were 15. Highest count I have of them in Canberra.