birding-aus Birding in the Hawkesbury

Subject: birding-aus Birding in the Hawkesbury
From: (Andy Burton)
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 11:15:10 +1000
Like Edwin I was also in the Hawkesbury yesterday.

In addition to his Square-tailed Kite the following raptors were seen at
either Cattai NP or in the general area of Pitt Town Lagoon.

Black-shouldered Kite   2-3
Whistling Kite          2-3
White-bellied Sea-eagle 1
Swamp Harrier           1
Brown Goshawk           3-4 A pair confirmed at Cattai with possible nest
(near rangers residence)
Brown Falcon            1
Nankeen Kestrel         3

The 3-4 goshawks (1 possibly seen twice) were all adult birds as was one
that I saw on Friday at Excelsior Reserve in the nw suburbs of Sydney.

A total of 75 species for the morning also included White-necked Heron 1,
Australasian Shovellers, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin ca100, and perhaps
unhappily, large numbers of Spotted Turtle-dove including one group of 100+
birds. Do the Turtle-Doves compete with other local species, such as
Red-rumped Parrots, for seed?

Fairy Martins were the only returning migrants noted.


Andy Burton
Andy Burton's Bush Tours
21, Karabil Cr
Baulkham Hills, NSW  2153

Ph      61 2 9686 4610  (home and bus.)
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