The Royal National Park and those little brown birds!

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Subject: The Royal National Park and those little brown birds!
From: "crompton" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 20:16:45 +1100
Hi all, Just a question, How can u tell the differance between striared and brown thornbills, especially since the always seem to be moving about and are in shadow or so high.
Also i have been walking lady carrington drive( mainly from the Audley end) in the royal national park for many years of and on now ( about 5 ) and have never identified Crested shrike-tit,Origma,Large billed Scrubwren,Brown Headed Honeyeater or yellow throated scrubwren.Are they all very common here? Do u have to travel far down the trail to get them? I must admit I have only returned to the track this past week after an absence of many years, also now being a much wiser birdwatcher ( i am much more strict with my confirmed sightings of species standards, i used to just confirm a sightinging with the slightest of proof, looking back at things i cant believe how silly i used to be ! )
Also I thought the numbers of birds were WAY down on usual, not number of species but individual birds.For instance, i spotted Variagated Fairy wrens which is typical but only 2 individual birds and the same for white browed scrub wrens! And Superb blue fary wren was even worse , 1 individual bird!!! Not to mention no Green Catbirds for the first time i can remember. The sides of lady carrington drive as long as i can remember were always teeming with variagated fairy wrens and white browed scrub wrens in particular and I found this quite odd.
  I did however spot a Whistling Kite nest along the banks of the Hacking river there,plenty of Black Faced Monarchs,Grey&Rufous Fantails and Azure Kingfishers. Other birds prominent in there abscence were Eurasion Coots,cormorants of any kind,Grebes of any kind,Teals( either Chestnut or Grey) and Even no Welcome Swallows!
  A full list is given below ,. Does anybody have a comparison list for the same area recently?
Lady Carrington Drive ,from Audley end 30/11/05 6am - 10:30am
Whistling kite
maned duck
pacific black duck
dusky moorhen
purple swamphen
silver gull
wonga pigeon
sulpher crested cockatoo
little corella
rainbow lorrikeet
Australian king parrot
crimson rosella
white cheeked rosella
fan tailed cuckoo
laughing kookaburra
sacred kingfisher
azure kingfisher
superb lyrebird
black faced cuckoo shrike
eastern yellow robin
golden whistler
black faced monarch
rufous fantail
grey fantail
willie wagtail
eastern whipbird
superb fairy wren
variegated fary wren
white browed scrub wren
Brown thornbill
white throated treecreeper
brush wattlebird
noisy friarbird
Lewin's honeyeater
eastern spinebill
red browed finch
olive backed oriole
satin bowerbird
australian magpie lark
pied currawong
australian magpie
australian raven
cheers G.L Crompton
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