Geelong Grammar Egrets & Lorikeets

Subject: Geelong Grammar Egrets & Lorikeets
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 01:12:30 +1200
There were 20 Little Egrets on the shoreline near the breeding site last Sunday 
(21 Jan) - I think these were all adults.  I don't think this year's young have 
fledged.  I'll check in the next day or so and pass on any info.  It's a good 
spot to observe different plumages once the young start fishing for themselves. 
 We occasionally get Great Egrets here.  I've also seen Intermediate Egret, but 
only once, a couple of years ago.  Both Spoonbills used to be here in small 
numbers (up to about 15-20), mainly around Limeburners Lagoon (into which 
Hovell's Creek flows) but I haven't recorded these here for a year or two.

We also have plenty of Purple-crowned and Little Lorikeets at the moment, with 
several stands of flowering eucalypt on campus, and occasionally Musks as well. 
 The numbers of each of these species appear to fluctuate from year to year - 
sometimes we'll have mostly Musks, or mostly PC's. Little are seldom very 
numerous.  It is a bit unusual for us to have all 3 species at the same time in 
reasonable numbers. I guess it depends entirely on what's flowering.  Have 
other people observed similar patterns?

Russell Woodford

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