Capertee weekend 11-12 Feb

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Subject: Capertee weekend 11-12 Feb
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:16:24 +1100
G'day all
I visited the Capertee Valley over the weekend with a number of enthusiastic and exhilerated birders from Sydney.  Abundance and diversity was excellent. The group recorded 102 species. I observed 96 of them.
Sightings of significance were a juve Black-eared Cuckoo, a Singing Honeyeater, Little Grassbird and a number of Scarlet Honeyeaters (several at two locations). One party member reported a Striped Honeyeater and a Blue-faced Honeyeater, whilst Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters were very common, having seen good numbers at 3 or 4 locations. A slightly odd sighting was the Fuscous Honeyeater in very clear non-breeding plumage/bill colouration attending a nest. Observed two Australian Owlett Nightjars driving into the valley on Friday night.
Heard the calls of a Red-browed Treecreeper and a gathering of Gang-gang Cockatoos.  The captive Ostrich near Glen Davis deserves a mention for the wonderful threat display which this, sadly, lonely fellow put on for us.
Also had 3 species of macropods (plus assorted feral mammals) and 7 butterfly species (more were present but I sadly admit that I wasn't so focussed on these wonderful insects over the weekend, so abundant were the birds).
This was my first visit to the Capertee and certainly wont be my last. Excellent company, beautiful weather, captivating scenery, great bushwalks and first class birding. Thanks to Madeleine Murray for organising a fantastic weekend.
Here's my list . . .
Australasian Grebe
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Chestnut Teal
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Straw-necked Ibis
Black-shouldered Kite
Brown Goshawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Eurasian Coot
Dusky Moorhen
Black-fronted Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Little Lorikeet
Red-winged Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Turquoise Parrot
Black-eared Cuckoo
Owlett Nightjar
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
White-throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Noisy Friarbird
Bell Miner
Noisy Miner
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Scarlet Honeyeater
Jacky Winter
Hooded Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
White-browed Babbler
Varied Sitella
Crested Shrike-tit
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Satin Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Magpie Lark
Frey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Triller
Olive-backed Oriole
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Australian Raven
Little Raven
White-winged Chough
Singing Bushlark
Richard's Pipit
(feral) House Sparrow
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Plum-headed Finch
Red-browed Finch
Diamond Firetail
Mistletoe Bird
White-backed Swallow
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Fairy Martin
Clamorous Reed-warbler
Little Grassbird
Rufous Songlark
Brown Songlark
(feral) Common Starling
Euro (subspecies robustus)
Red-necked Wallaby
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
(feral) Red Fox
(feral) Brown Hare
(feral) European Rabbit
Yellow Admiral
Caper White
Double-spot Line Blue
(feral) Cabbage White
Australian Painted Lady
Meadow Argus
Happy birding
Ricki Coughlan
Lyrebird Tours
Sydney, Australia
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