NSW-Capertee Valley (Central tablelands) - 24/4/06

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Subject: NSW-Capertee Valley (Central tablelands) - 24/4/06
From: "Frank Hemmings" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 16:24:21 +1000
Hi All,

Went to Capertee valley for a day's birding on monday 24/4.  Hoped to see 
Regent Honeyeater (tick), and was not disappointed.  Crown Station Road had a 
lot of honeyeater activity, although this did not appear to be based on any 
flowering.  Lots of White-plumed and Fuscous Honeyeaters and Noisy Friarbirds 
were present and moving incessantly through the canopy, some Yellow-faced 
Honeyeaters were also moving through, Noisy Miners nearby in a few isolated 
trees in a paddock, and, finally, my first Regent Hoenyeater.  Which was soon 
followed by 6 more.  They disappeared into some distant trees only to reappear 
again further back up the road near where I had parked the car.  Loads of 
Striated Pardalotes pasing through, quite a few Spotted Pardalotes around, and 
some Little Lorikeets.

A return visit to this site also gave the same, with possibly mroe of the 
regents, but it was hard to tell as they kept moving back and forth in the 
nearby eucs.  Also a few Striped Honeyeaters.

Other highlights included Southern Whiteface about 1 km further from Glen Alice 
cemetery, with Hooded Robin further along the road.

Plenty of usual birds including Dusky Woodswallows and Jacky Winters 
everywhere, groups of Diamond Firetails at Glen Davis and Glen Alice, Brown 
Treecreeper, Restless Flycatcher & Red-rumped Parrot widespread.  Peaceful 
Doves also at Glen Davis, and a Common Bronzewing near Gollooimboin. Roadside 
sightings of Brown Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite.

Stopped in at Coco Creek on way home and saw a group of Red-browed Finches, 
with a single Diamond Firetail mixed in, some yellow Thornbills, White-plumed 
Honeyetaers, Superb Fairy-wren and nice views of a pale-morph Little Eagle.

Frank Hemmings
John T. Waterhouse Herbarium
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New South Wales

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