satin flycatcher; young children and birding

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Subject: satin flycatcher; young children and birding
From: Victoria Quinton <>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 1998 08:44:34 +1100
My father observed a satin flycatcher  "chasing" kookaburras.
  Does that mean its nest was likely to be nearby?

He was also pleased to note the seasonal return of a rufous fantail to his
house and land on the Mornington Peninsula.

In past years they have nested in pittosporums, which he is trying to
clear.  Is the pittosporum a usual nesting tree for them?

I like the "tail" at the bottom of their nests.

Now a question to everyone about introducing young children to birding:
My daughter is not quite reading for herself yet.  Is a Slater/ Simpson
Field Guide the most suitable book to show her, to discover a bird's
"identity", or is something simpler more suitable.

Has anyone any tips on "children and birding"?

Is their a web site on the subject?

Thank you all in advance.

Oh and I too enjoy the trip reports..

Victoria 8*)

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