Numurkah highlights

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Subject: Numurkah highlights
From: "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 16:34:03 +1000
On Sunday 22 November, my partner Fiona and I were visiting her relatives in
Numurkah (36º06'S 145º26'E) in the northern Goulburn Valley, Victoria.
Whilst throwing the frisbee around in the town park, a few observations of
note were made:

*       A small camp of about 80 Little Red Flying-foxes (Pteropus
scapulatus) were hanging up in big willows next to the Numurkah Rose Garden.
Little Reds are comparatively uncommon in Victoria, though irruptions into
the Goulburn stonefruit growing areas happen often if irregularly.  Much
more common in the south from Melbourne to East Gippsland are Grey-headed
Flying-foxes (P. poliocephalus).
*       A few Rainbow Bee-eaters flying over the main street shopping area.
I've noted them nesting in a roadmaking materials depot on the north edge of
town on previous visits.
*       Lots of Musk Lorikeets feeding in flowering plantation/garden
Eucalyptus around the town; a few Purple-crowned Lorikeets too.
*       Noisy Miners, Noisy and Little Friarbirds, Blue-faced and
White-plumed Honeyeaters - the other common nectar eaters in town.

Lawrie Conole

Melbourne Australia

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