Easter Birds

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Subject: Easter Birds
From: "Rotamah Island Bird Observatory" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 11:10:14 +1000
All sorts of unusual things turning up at Rotamah over the Easter break, perhaps it's just having a few extra pairs of eyes about the place.  First of all was a pair of Grey Goshawks, the first for many years on the island.  They were seen irregularly during the 1980's but strictly a vagrant now.  After the initial pair, a single has been seen on several occasions over the last week.  A Rufous Fantail was caught in a mist net near one of the dams while two Rainbow Bee-eaters were seen flying over.
A Peregrine Falcon was seen near the jetty attempting to take a Crimson Rosella without any success.  Honeyeater numbers are building up very rapidly now with New Holland, White-eared and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters all over the place and Eastern Spinebills calling from all parts the island.  Only the Crescent's to go!  A Mistletoebird was seen flying over the buildings and the first Swift Parrots this year, a flock of seven, were seen yesterday.
I'll be leaving the island permanently next week, so goodbye to all those people that I've met and have assisted us in the last eighteen months.
Craig Doolan
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