Royal National Park, Sydney

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Subject: Royal National Park, Sydney
From: "Peter Madvig" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 14:11:28 +1100
Hello birders,

Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens are a Myth!!!!  :-)  At least in Ku-rin-gai and 

Having got that off my chest, I had a lovely birding day in Royal National Park 
(as one does) on 5/1.
Among others:-
At Wattamolla: Tawny-crowned H-E, Rock Warbler, Variegated Wren, Nankeen 
Kestrel, Eastern Whip-bird, and...... possibly, the Myth darting away?!

Mount Bass fire trail (in between walks listening to the final throes of the 
Red - and Little Wattlebirds, more Variegated Wrens, Southern Emu-wren, 
Beautiful Firetail.

Audley/Wattle Forrest: Eastern Spinebill, group of Varied Sittella, a calling 
Superb Lyrebird with his magnificent tail, and a male Satin Bowerbird near his 
bower, which was decorated with the usual blues AND many, yellow crest feathers 
from Sulphur-crested Cockatoos!!? (Likes his colours Swedish).

Lady Carrington Drive: Wonga Pigeon, the 2 Whistlers, Superb Blue Wren, Varied 
Sittella, White-throated Treecreeper, Sacred Kingfisher, AND, a loudly calling, 
juvenile Olive-backed Oriole, which was finally fed by a parent bird with a 
wildly struggling Cicada!! - while they, at the same time, were being harassed 
by a very persistent Leaden Flycatcher pair (I'm tempted to say Satin... very 
dark male)!!!?? Are Orioles nest-raiders?????

Peter Madvig

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