A Regent Honeyeater

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Subject: A Regent Honeyeater
From: "Shirley Cook" <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 14:28:00 +1000
Dear all,

On Sunday last, a group from Armidale did a long day trip to cover "our" usual Regent Honeyeater sites west of Armidale for the national search days. A single bird was seen at one of the best known sites, a Travelling Stock Reserve near Coonoor Rd turn-off, west of Bundarra.

When we arrived at the last site for the day outside the eastern edge of Linton Nature Reserve we were horrified to find that over thirty large Eucalyptus sideroxylons (Mugga Ironbarks) had been felled very recently in what appeared to be quite a professional operation. One tree in particular had to be several hundred years old with a stump measuring at least a meter and a half in diameter - it was hollow. There were a couple of piles of logs waiting for collection but the rest of the site was littered with the debris of sawdust and stripped bark, "useless" limbs, and branches broken off by falling trees.

It is not the first time that we have found evidence of stolen ironbarks but this was the biggest haul that we had encountered. "The authorities" have been informed but methinks one should not hold one's breath waiting for someone to be prosecuted for this environmental rape.

Shirley Cook
Birds Australia - Northern NSW Group

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