Superb Blue Wrens in eclipse

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Subject: Superb Blue Wrens in eclipse
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 21:05:25 +1000
On Thursday I called briefly (2 minutes) at our local park, Wilson
Reserve, by the Yarra in Ivanhoe.
Superb Blue Wrens everywhere - two coloured males still in full
splendour, but many others looking decidedly tatty as they begin to
moult into eclipse plumage. Some were reduced to blue ear coverts only,
others still had remnants of blue on breast.
Definitely a sign of autumn.

Also present:
A Crested Pigeon eating crushed acorns on Irvine Rd.
Red browed Finches
Red Rumped Parrots
Grey Fantails
A Willy Wagtail
and three Swamphens strolling on the grass.

Anthea Fleming
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