Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 10:03:29 +1000
Brian and others

Possibly an Eastern Bristlebird.

There are at least four pairs of bristlebirds that have territories very close 
to the existing golf course. The big patch of bush to the south and west of the 
club house is marked for a nine hole extension of the current course. There are 
three territories on this land. Birds have also been seen east of the course 
where a creek runs through some bush, then two streets, then more bush, down to 
Blenheim Beach (maybe 1km from the club).

There are many pairs of birds scattered around Jervis Bay settlements like 
Vincentia. At NPWS, we are constantly dealing with development pressure on 
Eastern Bristlebirds and their habitats. Bherwerre Peninsula just to the south 
(which includes Booderee NP, and various Navy and Aboriginal lands) is one of 
only two locations where there is a population of bristlebirds greater than 500 
individuals (the total population is around 2000 birds). The density of birds 
drops as you move off the peninsula to areas like Vincentia.

I'm the convenor of the National Recovery Team for this species. Please let me 
know if you require more information.


Anthony Overs
Recovery Planning Officer
Threatened Species Unit
Conservation Programs and Planning Division
Southern Directorate
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 2115 Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Ph: (02) 6298 9730  Fax: (02) 6299 4281

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Can anybody help?
A friend has a natural native garden with a lot of leaf litter, heaps of
native bushes, eucalypts etc.
A recent visitor is a very active single bird, predominately dull brown,
maybe a whitish under-chin patch and a slight crest. Constantly on the
scratching through/ turning over the leaves. Very secretive as it has been
seen in the open only fleetingly hence difficult to get a decent view.
pigeon size, maybe slightly smaller. Voice is an active, melodious series 

cheeps, chirrups, squeaks rising and falling, really quite pleasant.
Location of this visitor is only one or two streets from the local golf
course where there are areas of thick scrub (probably strewn with my golf
balls) which in turn is bounded by natural bushland and heathlands.
Our best guess is a female Eastern Whipbird.
Any other suggestions?
 -- Regards,
Brian Lee, Vincentia, N.S.W.

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