Brown-headed Honeyeaters bathing in rain droplets

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Subject: Brown-headed Honeyeaters bathing in rain droplets
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 15:57:23 +1000
My most memorable sighting of birds bathing in wet leaves was one stormy afternoon in November 2000, watching a congregation of 150 Regent Honeyeaters in the Capertee Valley (NSW). Seeing these enigmatic birds flying in from all directions, hanging upside down in the treetops, flapping in the dripping leaves and taking to the air to wheel around in big flocks between downpours was one of the best birding experiences I've ever had. This was the largest concentration of Regents I've ever seen.



At 6:49 PM +1000 15/5/06, Michael Todd wrote:
Of interest was a group of Brown-headed Honeyeaters that was kicking up quite a fuss in the canopy of eucalypts. There had been short shower earlier in the morning and there was a light layer of water still on the leaves. At first I thought they were gleaning lerp or insects off the leaves and were doing it in an overly vigorous fashion. After watching them for a while I came to the conclusion that they were vigorously shaking and flapping their wings in amongst the leaves having a kind of bath. There must have been about 30 birds.


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