Subject: Dollarbirds
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 13:49:38 +1000
>From Jill Dening, Sunshine Coast, Qld

I note Ian Fraser's ACT bird report about Dollarbirds out of the nest
early. I have also been watching a nesting pair, and I believe I watched
them with their 2 young out of the nest a few days ago (I am not certain,
because I didn't see anyone actually being fed). All four were flying.
There was a real racket going on, quite unlike the regular nest behaviour.
Then for a couple of days the nest was abandoned. This morning on my
regular walk I watched again, fascinated by a pair (same pair back?) at the
nest, and doing what I believe could be the prelude to another nesting
attempt. I also noted a hive of native bees nearby. How appropriate to
build a home right next to the supermarket.

I was watching through a pair of old Nikons, and it was a struggle. Can you
imagine my despair last week when I dropped and damaged by beloved Leicas?
They are having a trip to Germany for Christmas.


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