Birdwatching from a cafe

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Subject: Birdwatching from a cafe
From: "Mike" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 09:45:52 +1000
Dear Birding Ausers

Our house is build up off the ground on top of the highest hill on the PAU 
campus and at the moment we have a native fig in fruit right outside our dining 
room.  This means that when my wife and I are having meals we are also seeing 
and being serenaded by many birds.

Breakfast time today we had 60 Yellow-faced Mynas, 20 Figbirds, 5-8 
Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds, two Brown Orioles, two White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes, 
four-six Helmeted Friarbirds, and a Sacred Kingfisher watching from a nearby 
perch.  Yesterday we had some extras in the form of a pair of Streak-headed 
Honeyeaters, and the day before a Whistling Kite under the tree consuming a 
dead and partly-eaten Pacific Black Duck, which was being watched by two 
torresian Crows.  When a Variable Goshawk swooped into the trees all became the 
noise of rushing wings and then silence for six or seven minutes and then the 
noise starts to build up again as fig-addicted birds return to the tree.

Last year we had Black-backed Butcherbirds eating figs on two days.   We had 
better enjoy the view from our cafe over lunch time today as I figure the figs 
are going to run out sometime tomorrow.

Hope your cafe bird-watching is as enjoyable as ours at the moment.


Prof Mike Tarburton
Dean: School of Science and Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB, Boroko
Papua New Guinea
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