Went back Forest today to find the Superb
Fruitdove and after about 10 mins of searching she was found!
I was observing the roosting three Brown
Cuckoo-Doves when in the corner of my binoculars, about 10 metres away I
saw a small bird.
I focused my binocs and there she was, the
female Superb Fruitdove, her vivid green plumage shining in the sun.She did
1 minute later she flew off and I chased her up the
hill, there was no trace of her until I heard that unmistakable wing
fluttering and then she re-appeared in a small turpentine about 9 metres away.
I watched her here for about 6
minutes until she flew off again in the direction of the fruiting privet,
this time I could not find her again.
If you would like to see the bird
Start the Sheldon Forest Walk at the Warragal
Road Entrance in Turramurra.
Follow the walk which is marked by posts with
keyholes engraved in them, you will eventually get to a Green Metal
Staircase when you get to the bottom of this staircase, follow the track
and count the keyholed posts as you go along.
When you get to the third keyholed post look around
for fruiting Privet Trees (smooth barked exotics with purple berries) here you
should find the Brown Cuckoo-doves with no problems, but if you look hard enough
you should be able to find the Superb Fruitdove.
Tha past two times I have seen her she was perching
on a branch of a turpentine tree of which there are about five in the
area around the fruiting privets.
Goodluck and happy birding!