White-plumed Honeyeater calls

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Subject: White-plumed Honeyeater calls
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 11:00:10 +1100
On Tuesday, January 02, 2007 8:40 AM Shirley Cameron wrote:

We live in Werribee and have many White-plumed Honeyeaters in the
garden. They are no where near as numerous so as  aggressive as the
New Holland Honeyeater, they seem to be the 'bully-boys' but the
little White-plumeds come in quietly every night to get their drink.

I haven't seen any NHHEs near my house yet, only in the trees opposite Westona station in the mornings and even then never more than one. This could be just because I haven't been looking properly.

What calls are you hearing from the WPHEs?

I have about 3 water stations, they are place near to a scrub or bush
so the birds feel secure, they are also placed so I can see them from
my window and enjoy them.

I've thought of doing this too, but I thought I'd be extremely unreliable refilling them so decided it would just end up being cruel.

Good luck with your watching, there are so many great areas so close
to Altona you are very lucky!

That's probably why I've only become interested in this recently. We never saw much other than introduced birds when we lived in Footscray, although that was probably partly because I wasn't looking for them. I was scanning the next door neighbour's gum tree with binoculars for WPHEs while I was having breakfast a couple of days ago and was surprised to suddenly have a Straw-necked Ibis fill the field of view. That kind of thing keeps one interested.

Peter Shute

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