|Subject:||highlights, SEQ, 500m|
|From:||Judith Lukin-Amundsen <>|
|Date:||Wed, 16 Jun 2004 15:41:33 +1000|
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As I sat reading the other day, my eye was caught by what seemed at first to be one of the green bowerbirds, alone on the ground in the usual place at the edge of their workshopping area - What a surprise when on closer inspection this proved to be a Collared Sparrowhawk! Perhaps I moved, for the bird swooped off behind the shrubbery... and the whole area was silent and still, birdless, for a long time afterwards.
Some days later a Striated Pardalote came into the fig tree quite close to the house; usually they stay high in the eucalypts up on the ridge-line, but this one could have been disoriented by the pall of smoke that was just then passing over our place... The Maned/Wood Ducks are still with us, as are the Torresian Crows, Pied Currawongs, Brown Thornbills, White-browed Scrubwrens, and Welcome Swallows, though the Fairy-wrens have not been seen since the cold snap. Lewin's Honeyeaters seem to be edging back into our garden area, after a tough breeding season last year, and subsequent difficulties with the Brush Wattlebirds who'd produced lots of young. For now at least the Noisy Miners which were advancing upon us seem to have pulled back - we can only hope. But if the Eastern Yellow Robin is an 'umbrella species', as I've heard, I'm sad to report that we haven't sighted one for ages. Lately we hear calling Whipbirds, Boobooks, Masked Lapwings, and Cuckoos, though we've seen no raptors this week; we have occasionally to chase a Brush Turkey off the garden - if he's the same bird, he seems to be growing up on our and adjacent properties.
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