Orange-bellied Parrots

To: "Chris Tzaros" <>, <>
Subject: Orange-bellied Parrots
From: "Bill Stent" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 07:40:55 +1000
Speaking of OBPs, today's latest from The Age is that David Fox (Lin's
son) says that there aren't any OBPs at Avalon - adjacent to the Western
Treatment Plant.  How many of us have recorded OBPs at the WTP, only a
few hundred metres away?

THE Fox family's dreams of expanding Avalon airport into a
mini-Tullamarine may be the latest project to be potentially affected by
the orange-bellied parrot.

The coastline around Avalon is well known by ornithologists as a key
mainland habitat for the endangered bird, and its presence at nearby
Point Lillias was enough to derail plans to move the Coode Island
chemical facility a decade ago.

In a taped interview with the Australian Financial Review, transport
magnate Lindsay Fox's youngest son David - who runs the Linfox Airports
division - discussed his five-year plan to expand the airport.

"The orange-bellied parrot puts itself down at the end of the runway,"
Fox said, noting it one of seven species of concern in the district.

But when contacted by The Age, Mr Fox said he may have been
misunderstood, saying he was not aware of any parrots ever visiting
Avalon, only that they were known to be in the area.

"I'm not aware that they've ever being seen on the Avalon property," he
said. "No, I don't think they have been seen at the end of the runway."

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Chris Tzaros
Sent: Wednesday, 12 April 2006 3:58 PM
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Subject: Orange-bellied Parrots

G'day birders,

Thanks to Martin O'Brien and Peter Menkhorst for an earlier response
to a request for information on recent sightings of OBPs on King
Island. In addition to that helpful posting, I'd like to add a few

Mark Holdsworth and I have just spent the past week searching for
OBPs at various locations in Victoria, and we also included a brief
visit to King Island last weekend.  We were unable to find any OBPs
in Victoria (searched WTP, Lake Connewarre, Breamlea, Swan Bay-St
Leonards, French Island) but we did come across 4-5 OBPs at Sea
Elephant Lagoon on King Island.  Complete band details were recorded
for one individual -  a captive bred bird released at Birch's Inlet,
Tas., in October 2003.  It was observed to associate with other OBPs
and feed on Sarcocornia.  The birds were consistently found on the
northern side of the lagoon but there is certainly plenty of habitat
on both the north and south sides, and both would be worthy of
searching if anyone visits.

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