Winter in Katoomba
Carol Probets <>
Thu, 12 Jun 2003 09:40:56 +1000
Suddenly Crescent Honeyeaters seem to be everywhere in the heaths and
forests of the upper Blue Mountains. I even had one in my garden yesterday
morning. Winter is here.
Yesterday afternoon, I watched the sunset from a rocky clifftop overlooking
the Megalong Valley. The Crescents' calls rang out all around along with
the New Hollands - both feasting on Banksia ericifolia nectar. A couple of
Glossy Black-Cockatoos took flight and disappeared around a bluff into a
gully, their red tails flashing, chased by a currawong. Gang-gangs and
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were also around.
As the last afterglow of the sunset faded and the valley became a huge dark
abyss, a couple of Superb Lyrebirds continued to pump out their powerful
songs from the depths below, while on the tops a Pilotbird and a Grey
Currawong each called once before going to roost.
This morning the trees outside my house are full of Pied Currawongs. Large
mobs of these have been flying west each morning for a few weeks now.
Despite the negative impacts of the large increases in this species, it's
hard to deny they make a wonderful sound when singing in chorus, dozens of
them calling wildly on a cold and windy morning.
Blue Mountains NSW
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