Prospect Reservoir, NSW - 14th August 2005

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Subject: Prospect Reservoir, NSW - 14th August 2005
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 23:20:26 +1000

Last Sunday morning (14/8/05) at Prospect Reservoir (approx. 40 km west of Sydney CBD, near Blacktown) I saw the male Grey Goshawk in its usual location and what I believe to be its nest (high in a Forest Red Gum facing the morning light and beside a gully, this being a typical nesting situation according to the literature). I have seen and/or the female Grey Goshawks perch in this same tree on previous occasions, and have seen both birds on most instances hanging about this same area. If they are going to nest, it would be the early part of the breeding season.


Also in the same area as the Goshawk, were 2 SWIFT PARROTS flying over but I could not get a glimpse of them as they passed over so quickly. I am starting to think that Prospect Reservoir is on the flight path of at least some Swift Parrots to and from Tasmania as I have had them there or close by on several occasions.


Other interesting finds at Prospect Reservoir that day were at least 200 Great Crested Grebes (including 150 in one group alone. I have had 200 of these spectacular birds at Prospect Reservoir on several occasions but I have had even 300 birds there at one time), a brilliantly coloured male Rose Robin, Scarlet Honeyeaters (like previous years, the Scarlet Honeyeaters appear to be staying throughout the year at Prospect due to a constant supply of nectar), Fan-tailed Cuckoos and several Olive-backed Orioles. Several Mohagany’s, a Mugga Ironbark and other Eucalypts were in flower attracting mainly Red Wattlebirds, Yellow-faced and White-plumed Honeyeaters.


No summer migrants so far at Prospect Reservoir, but I do expect a few on my next visit.


Edwin Vella

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