birding-aus sap sucking birds

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Subject: birding-aus sap sucking birds
From: "sonnenburg" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 22:05:45 +1000
In mid November last year, a group of birders (Darryl Jones, Dawn Muir, Phil Battley and myself) went to Carnarvon Oasis Lodge at Carnarvon Gorge, Central Queensland highlands, to plan a birding festival for them.  During 3 days there, we saw two Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on sap seeping from a large eucalypt (probably Eucalyptus punctata) every day.  The sap was seeping from cuts made by Yellow-bellied Gliders which we saw feeding there at night.  The lorikeets were very agressive in defending their sap sites from Blue-faced Honeyeaters which were also feeding on sap at other areas on the same tree.  The lorikeets were there whenever we passed the tree which was several times each day over the three days.
For the record we recorded around 100 birds for the trip.  If anyone wants a list let me know.  Probably the highlight was outside of the NP on a recently harvested wheatfield.  There were 15 Australian Bustard, 5 Brolgas and 5 Emus plus babblers, Cockatiels, S-c Cockatoos etc.  Often we had Brolga, Bustard and Emu in the same frame in our scopes.  A couple of the male Bustards were displaying.
Roy Sonnenburg
Birding Services Brisbane
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