hawkesbury birds

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Subject: hawkesbury birds
From: "Keith Brandwood" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 21:19:54 +1000
Hi all, the 8 Freckled duck are still at LittleBushells together with 100+ Long-billed Corellas feeding on a huge pile of Easter buns, There are always 3to400 waterbirds at this small lagoon, no doubt attracted by the piles of bread placed there each day, its interesting to see that a number of species take the bread into the water to soften it.  At Big Bushells there were 12 Sharptailed Sand Pipers, 2 Red -capped,1 Double Banded Plovers, 87 Black-fronted Dottrels my largest count ever of this species and 2 Red-kneed Dotterels.
Its unusual to have Red-capped, and Sharptails in the Hawkesbury this late in the year given the fact that they have been absent for the past 2 months,are these birds migrating north ?or is the drought affecting them yet.
Checked out the flowering Muga Ironbarks at Castlereagh but no Swift Parrots or Regent Honey eaters as yet, send some down Alan. The Rose Robins appear to be here in good numbers this year the majority of them males from what I''ve seen.
Great reply Jill could'nt agree more.
The beauiful Hawkesbury 60km N/W of Sydney.
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