Grey fantails

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Subject: Grey fantails
From: "Tracey Newcombe" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2006 14:43:02 +1000
Hi all,
Took a walk down to Bomaderry Creek yesterday; a good spot for Rock
Warblers, apparently, and as I had never seen one, I thought I would
have a go. I hadn't been walking more than a couple of minutes when one
hopped onto the track in front of me, posed beautifully in a patch of
sunlight, and went on his way. A little further down the track, in a
shady gully by the creek, there were about a dozen grey fantails, coming
very close and fanning their tails at me. I hadn't seen so many in a
group before, although they are quite common around my place. I also saw
a rufous fantail, also coming close enough that I could see every detail
without binoculars. Finally, a white-browed scrub wren hopped down from
the bush, and kept coming closer until it was practically sitting on my
foot, and calling all the way. There were loads of other birds about,
including brown thornbill, eastern whipbird, willy wagtail, crimson
rosella, eastern spinebill, satin bower bird and eastern yellow robin,
so although there was only one new bird for my list, it was a wonderful
couple of hours.
Tracey Newcombe
Tomerong, NSW

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