NSW - Sydney - Eastern Suburbs - observations

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Subject: NSW - Sydney - Eastern Suburbs - observations
From: "Frank Hemmings" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 11:02:19 +1000
Hi All, just a few interesting items,

I walked through Centennial Park this morning ad had brilliant views in the 
direct early morning sun of an adult Baillon's Crake, just sitting on the edge 
of some Juncus sp. on the margins of the ilsand in the Randick Pond (the island 
in the end near Busby's pond, not the other one, in case anyone is interested 
to follow it up).  Even saw it fly for a metre or so when a dusky moorhen 
chased it off.  A new one for my park and Eastern Suburbs list, and fairly 
suprising given that the water levels on the whole are still quite high.  Also 
a Sacred Kingfisher, my first for the park in four years.

Also on monday afternoon a single Topknot Pigeon in Queens Park (park, not the 
suburb) near the interesection of Bourke St and Queens Park Rd.  Landed briefly 
in a fruiting Moreton bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) but alighted again when it 
was harassed by Noisy Miners and was driven off to the north east.  This is the 
second sighting of this species I've had in a month, since i saw two together 
flying in Centennial Park on 22/8, but I was slack and didn't report them.

Some winter visitors gone such as Brown Gerygones and Yellow-faced honeyeaters, 
but Golden Whistler and Grey Fantail still here.  Summer visitors here or 
arriving, heard my first Channel-billed Cuckoo last thursday (14/9) but no Koel 
as yet, Fairy Martins nesting, Reed Warblers now singing.  Cheers.


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

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