birding-aus Cattai National Park 26th September 1999

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From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 18:55:28 +1000
Obviously spring is the best time to do birding and an hour visit yesterday to Cattai NP (approx. 50 km north-west of Sydney) proved that correct. Within that hour 63 species were seen/heard and about noon. Many spring migrants have now arrived at Cattai including 5 species of cuckoo - Fan-tailed, Pallid, Brush, Shinning (Golden) and Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo's, a few Dollarbirds and Sacred Kingfishers, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Fairy Martins and numerous Rufous Whistlers, White-throated Gerygones and Scarlet Honeyeaters (excellent views of the latter feeding on Red Bottlebrush). There are lots of cuckoos about as were present last summer. It was nice to see 2 or 3 Dollarbirds attempting to evict a Indian Myna from a hollow. The figs were attracting many Satin Bowerbirds and a male Regent Bowerbird seen by Keith Brandwood earlier on the week. A pair of Whisling Kites, a Wonga Pigeon and Common Bronzewing were also seen. Also Brown Quail and Owlet Nightjar was heard during that time.
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