Re: birding-aus first 2000 birds

Subject: Re: birding-aus first 2000 birds
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 19:00:31 +1100
Hi all,

My first birds for 2000 were right on the stroke of midnight!

Here in Katoomba, at the end of the usual countdown the New (pretend)
Millennium was heralded by a long blast from the fire station's siren and
fireworks were let off by various people from several directions at once.
As the sounds of cheering and loud blasts echoed around the landscape, I
saw the shape of a large, fairly pale bird, possibly a Tawny Frogmouth, fly
silently out of the trees and down the road. Then, a particularly loud and
spectacular firework filled the sky with colours, and a Magpie roosting in
the trees across the road cried out in surprise and fear. A few moments
later, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos started shouting from further down the

What about the birds around Sydney Harbour? Any first hand accounts of how
they reacted?


Carol Probets
Katoomba NSW

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