Re: birding-aus sap sucking birds

To: "sonnenburg" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus sap sucking birds
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2000 23:52:44 +1100
On the 30th December I saw two Yellow-faced Honeyeaters feeding on sap
oozing from the trunk of a Eucalyptus punctata (Grey Gum) near Newnes north
of Lithgow, NSW, only about 50cm from the ground. Sounds like E. punctata
sap is highly desirable!


-------Roy Sonnenburg wrote:
>    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.   Cheers Roy Sonnenburg Birding
>Services Brisbane    

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