Re: Efficient birding

To: Ian Temby <>
Subject: Re: Efficient birding
From: Laurie Living <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 20:57:05 +1100
Hi Ian
Thought you might be interested in some other 'different' pairing; in
Dandenong, eastern sub, Melbourne, I have often seen a large-billed
corella and a little corella flying and feeding together in a suburban
In Cockatoo, the Dandenong Ranges, a long-billed corella spends its time
moving around with a sulphur crested cockatoo.

Laurie Living

Ian Temby wrote:

> Last week I spent an hour or two birding at a local wetland reserve
> (Banyule Wetlands, near Heidelberg, north-east of Melbourne), looking
> for
> Cisticola nests.  It is an area I cycle past on my way to work.  In
> the
> past I have seen spoonbills on only two or three occasions.  Last
> Friday, I
> saw two spoonbills standing by the water's edge, facing each other,
> about a
> metre apart.  I was surprised to see that this "pair" of spoonbills
> was one
> Yellow-billed Spoonbill and one Royal Spoonbill.
> The same "pair" was busy feeding in the shallows at 0615 today.  It
> would
> be interesting to see whether they remain paired and attempt to breed.
> This observation reminds me of a Sooty Oystercatcher/Pied
> Oystercatcher
> pair that used to nest each year on Mud Islands in Port Phillip Bay
> during
> the early eighties.
> My only record of a Crimson Rosella at a former home was of one
> travelling
> with a male Eastern Rosella.
> This makes for efficient birding if one is ticking lists, but is
> interesting for other reasons.  Do these birds breed?  Do they produce
> young?  Are the young able to breed?  In some cases, observation has
> shown
> the answers to be yes.  Perhaps more interesting, is how these birds
> form a
> pair in the first place.
> Any suggestions?
> Cheers
> Ian

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