birding-aus Birding In the Hawkesbury Area 15/8/99

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From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999 19:45:54 +1000
2 highlights seen today whilst birding in the Hawkesbury area (about 50km west of Sydney) with Lorne Johnson and Stuart White :
1) Square-tailed Kite - seen flying very low within a few metres of the ground from Windsor High School and landing on a small paperpark (in a similar manner as a Pacific Baza) in the grounds of McGraths Hill STW. It then later took off, flying high in circles over McGraths Hill and then headed off in a northerly direction towards the river. Excellent viewing and my 4th record of this fantastic bird in Sydney.
2) Painted Button-quails - about 3-4 Button-quails seen about half-way along the ridge walk in dry-sclerophyl forest, near the junction of the Old Man Banksia trail in Mitchell Park at Cattai. One of the males was giving a booming call somewhat similar to the call of a Pheasant Coucal (which I have heard on previous occassions).
Also of note was a very dark looking Swallow amongst a flock of Welcome Swallows and Fairy Martins at McGraths Hill STW. It was completely black apart from the white spots in the under-tail as in a normal Welcome Swallow. Also at the STW were about 40 Hardheads and 10 Australasian Shovelers.
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