birding-aus Birding-aus Knowledge Gap and Painted Honeyeaters

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From: "Terrance Pacey" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 17:10:20 +1000
Several months ago I mentioned the Jandowae area (about 300km west of
Brisbane) and the Painted Honeyeaters I saw when I lived there.  At the time
I had a number of enquiries and attempted to explain in detail how to find
the areas.  I have since purchased a scanner and now have on file a map with
areas marked.  I have also found further records that show that I have seen
PHE in the areas marked from February to December (every month during this
period).  I would imagine that January would also be a possibility but I
"dipped out".  Any one who requires this information should contact me
direct and I can e-mail the map.

Last Saturday, I was at a picnic area at Somerset Dam north of Brisbane. In
a tree very close to the toilet block was the nest of a Figbird with
fledglings looking close to leaving the nest.  No surprise here but I then
noticed another nest within ten metres.  This one contained Pied Butcherbird
chicks at about the same level of maturity.  My knowledge gap forces me to
ask the following questions:-

    Wouldn't a Butcherbird normally consider a Figbird chick a tasty morsel?
    Is it common for predator and possible prey to breed in such close

There are many other questions to consider but these two will do for now.

Terry Pacey
Toowoomba Qld

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