While doing a Cumberland Bird Observers Club Survey
of my local Bushland, Sheldon forest, yesterday(Saturday 26th of June)
I was walking the Sheldon Forest walking
track from Warragal road, Turramurra when I got to a section of the
track where there is a big clump of reeds growing out of the creek
and about half a dozen immature, fruiting privet trees.
I heard a strange whistling of wings sound
coming from above me, in one of the privet trees and I looked up to see a small
green bird perching on a branch.
It was reasonably small with a grey-white underside
which extended up to the throat, a yellow eye, but most conspicous it had a
purple spot on the crown of its head.
It was a female Superb
I verified this when I looked in my feild guides
females lack the band across the chest and the lilac cap that the males
The bird seemed to be feeding on the Privet Berries
of which there were plenty of.
The superb then flew off but about a minute later
a Brown Cuckoo-Dove appeared and then another two Brown Cuckoo-Doves which also started
feeding on the berries.
After having no luck finding the superb
I set off, finding all the local bushland birds including:
Brown Thornbill,Striated Thornbill,White-browed
Scrubwren,Variegated Fairy-wren,Eastern Yellow-robin,Golden
Whistler,White-throated Treecreeper,Yellow-faced Honey-eater,Spotted