PenUltimate Ticks

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Subject: PenUltimate Ticks
From: "Whittaker, Mark" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 22:20:14 +1100
My ultimate tick - ie my last tick - the scrubtit last Friday was good.
But my penultimate tick, last Thursday, was far sweeter.
Trying to clean up my tassie endemics on a brief trip to the apple isle, I
had to get the 40 spotted pardalote and scrub tit. 
On my first morning, I went to Peter Murrell Reserve just south of hobart
and spent an hour schlepping around in bad light looking at the occassional
dull-coloured pardalote flitting about in the tree tops, unable to confirm
whether they were 40 spots or juvenile spotteds. Having just about given up,
I went for a stroll and was enjoying fine views of a yellow wattlebird in a
small eucalypt while a dusky robin hung out in the lower branches, when in
flew a black-headed honeyeater followed by two pardalotes chasing each other
agressively through the branches just metres away. 
The sun came out, they paused long enough for me to pick up all the
features, then they proceeded to do laps of the tree with the black-headed. 
With four endemics in the one small tree, a couple of those tassie
silvereyes flew in to complete the picture and all was right with the world.
Got the scrubtit the next morning at Fern Tree and this time there was not
even a hint of a tear in my eye. 

Mark Whittaker

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