Prospect Reservoir (Sydney NSW) - Saturday 6th August 2005

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Subject: Prospect Reservoir (Sydney NSW) - Saturday 6th August 2005
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 08:32:24 +1000

I enjoyed a good one hour yesterday (Saturday 6th August 2005) between 10:30 and 11:30 am at Prospect Reservoir (approx. 40km west of Sydney CBD) despite not seeing any of the target species for this year's August Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot Survey.


A Coral Tree, Lemon-scented Gum (?) and a Narrow-leafed Ironbark (Eucalyptus crebra) were in flower in the picnic area attracting mainly White-plumed, Yellow-faced and New Holland Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills as well as both Red and Little Wattlebird. Other birds present around picnic area included a male Grey Goshawk (heading towards and landing in its favourite large fig tree), an immature female Brown Goshawk (like the Grey Goshawk also putting on a very good show), Bar-shouldered Dove, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Olive-backed Oriole.


In the reservoir it self were 95 Hoary-headed, 100 plus Great-crested (including a pair displaying with head shaking and other synchronised movements) and smaller numbers of Australasian Grebe; a female Musk Duck (my first sighting of one believe it or not at the reservoir) and at least 7 Whistling Kites.


I find that the best time to visit the Prospect Reservoir picnic area during the winter is between 10 am (when the gates open) and around noon which is when a lot of raptor activity takes place and there is always something interesting to see.


Edwin Vella


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