Newnes area 13 February 2000

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Subject: Newnes area 13 February 2000
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 12:30:59 +1100
Hi everyone

Went up Newnes Forest Road from Clarence yesterday with Robin Murray- yay, a 
lifer:  Painted Button-Quail.

Two were on the dirt road, went down into a ditch on the right hand side, then 
came back onto the road in front of the car
giving good views, then off the left hand side and disappeared into the low 
undergrowth.  Neither bird was the
brightly/darkly coloured female - the conclusion was that one was a male - 
definite chestnut colour across the nape and
shoulder, wing feathers dark brown with a white line around the edge of each 
feather but little to no black colour, crown
darkish brown but not black like a female.  The other bird was distinctly 
smaller and no chestnut on the nape or shoulder:
conclusion was that this was an immature bird.  For both birds, eye was more 
brown than red.

Then down to Lithgow and up the Atkinson street road to Glow Worm Tunnel.  This 
goes through native bush plus Foresty
Commission pine plantation, which proffered 5 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos 
with their wonderful wailing call.

(According to the maps, there is a road that connects the Newnes Forest Road 
from Clarence with the Glow Worm Tunnel road
from Lithgow, but with no signposting and the roads being more like trailbike 
tracks, had to do the round trip via Lithgow).

Near Glow Worm Tunnel, Rufous Fantail and Brown Treecreeper, plus an 
accomplished Lyrebird singing.  3 Rockwarblers - one
climbing up a perpendicular rockface plus 2 on the ground only 3 metres away - 


Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW Australia

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