birding-aus Superb Blue Wrens/Scarlet Honeyeaters

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Subject: birding-aus Superb Blue Wrens/Scarlet Honeyeaters
From: "Lynn" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 18:52:01 +1100
Hi !

The other day I came across a group of about 12 SBW's feeding on the ground
about a 10 metre radius. The group included 5 fully coloured males. Is this
unusual to see so many together!

Also 2 days ago , I arrived home from work , opened the front sliding doors
onto the deck, & sitting in a wattle tree was a male Scarlet Honeyeater,
nothing unusual about that. As I do some videoing of birds ,I went & got
the camera & to my amazement was able to get within a metre of the bird
which seemed totally unperturbed by my presence. I then noticed a puffed up
male sitting on the garden path immediately below the same tree. Upon
closer inspection, his eyes were full of congealed blood & he also had a
very green diarrhoea. Anyway I took him in , cleaned his eyes, popped in
some antibiotic eye ointment , kept him warm & on diluted honey, for 2 days
& this morning released him back into the wild. He flew off very stronglyl
Now to the point, could the other healthy male in the wattle have been
"waiting for him "? Both were adults.  

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