Barren Grounds: Eastern Bristlebirds (LMC)

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Subject: Barren Grounds: Eastern Bristlebirds (LMC)
From: Charles Hunter <>
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2007 20:42:23 +1100 (EST)
Hi all,

  I visited Barren Grounds NR on Saturday with a keen German birder, Kai 
Geisselhurt. Arriving at 7.30am with no one around we focused on the fire trail 
between the car park and the intersection of the Cooks Nose and Flying Fox Pass 

  No less than 6 Eastern Bristlebirds where seen. It must have been perfect 
conditions. There appeared to have been some rain and they were literally 
everywhere along the fire trail. We were both surprised at how common they 
were. After New Holland Honeyeaters they were there most common bird seen.

  We had superb views of all of the birds and heard around three distinct 
different calls.
  Some of the birds came within a few metres (close enough to see bristles with 
binoculars) so I suspect they are used to seeing humans! I also got some good 
video footage of a bird jumping and running on the fire trail.

  Our target bird, Ground Parrot, was not seen. Thanks Richard Jordan for 
location tips around the Budderoo Plateau. No success with the Ground Parrot 
but a new bird for me, a brief glimpse of a Southern Emu-Wren.

  Other birds seen at Barren Grounds were:

  Grey Shrike-thrush (2)
  Spotted Pardalote (2)
  Eastern Yellow Robin (3)
  Crimson Rosella (several)
  Bassian Thrush (1)
  New Holland Honeyeater (several)
  Eastern Spinebill (2)
  Eastern Whipbird (2)
  Red-browed Finch (1)
  Beautiful Firetail (1)
  Black-faced Monarch (1)
  White-browed Scrubwren (1)
  White-throated Treecreeper (1)
  Little Wattlebird (5)

  We also enjoyed seeing a Short-beaked Echidna.

  Charles Hunter
  Paddington, Sydney

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