Black Bittern, Nightjars et al

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Subject: Black Bittern, Nightjars et al
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 19:23:07 +1000
A great few days here.

The Plum-headed Finches are still with us in numbers every day. They have
found a wonderfully suitable patch of neglected and weed-ridden land
alongside a neighbouring property, and just across the road from us. They
spill over into Abberton as well, but if they're not here, they're always
just across the road at present. Maximum numbers seem to be around 40.
Yesterday, when I wandered over there, they were in company with Zebra
Finches, Chestnut-breasted Mannikins and numerous Golden-headed Cisticolas.

The Red-backed Kingfisher hasn't been seen for a week now, but our resident
Azure Kingfishers have been putting on some great displays of fish-catching,
bashing, juggling and swallowing right in front of the house.

Andrew Galbraith was lucky to be on the verandah at just the right time
this-afternoon to watch a Black Bittern cruise past on heavy, lazy wings,
and around 7 this-evening, Eileen and a White-throated Nightjar disturbed
each other in the garden. A few minutes later two more appeared and spent
some time hawking over the creek, before it got just too dark to see them

So that's an appointment for tomorrow evening at the same time - allow say
an hour on the bench by the creek, with suitable fortification in case the
night turns cold. Unlikely, but you can never be too sure.  

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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