Pacific Bazas and other birds at Kurrajong

To: "'Eric Finley'" <>, <>
Subject: Pacific Bazas and other birds at Kurrajong
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 13:06:04 +1100
Hi Eric

You are certainly right about the good numbers and variety of pigeons as
I have witnessed also during my previous visits to Kurrajong Hills.
Wompoo Fruit-doves have also been recorded there a few times which are
rare close to Sydney. It certainly can be a good area to bird although
public access is somewhat restricted and too many Bell Miners are

Edwin Vella

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Eric Finley
Sent: Thursday, 8 February 2007 6:18 PM
Subject: Pacific Bazas and other birds at Kurrajong

Pacific Bazas are present each spring-summer in Kurrajong Hills. My
family live in a valley area off Douglas Farm Rd and see them frequently
each season. Three years ago the birds nested nearby and brought the
juveniles into our garden. This summer they have been irregular visitors
as singles or a pair so do not seem to have nested nearby. The Grey
Goshawk is resident in the area and often seen despite harrasment at the
beaks of Bell Miners. Wedge-tailed Eagles are also resident. Little,
Brown and Peregrine Falcon and Little Eagle are also seen in the area,
Collared Sparrowhawk occasionally, and Australian Goshawk fairly
Although Douglas Farm Rd is now busier with traffic than a few years
back and is also suffering from a lack of rain, it can be a rewarding
short bird walk from Hermitage Rd especially before 8 or 9am. Forest
species like Wonga Pigeon and Brown Cuckoo-dove, Yellow-throated
Scrubwren, and Scaly Thrush are common residents and quite tame. Tawny
Frogmouth often roost in the Grey Gums but have been less frequent in
the last year. (Barking Owls are heard fairly frequently at night, but
I've never seen one roosting). Cicadabirds have been common this summer,
rarely seen in the previous few. Satin Bowerbirds, Blackbirds and
Channel-billed Cuckoos are common, Superb Lyrebird keep to the creek
areas. Other interesting sightings here have included Crested
Shrike-tit, Gang-Gang Cockatoo, Grey Currawong, Brush Cuckoo, Azure
Kingfisher. This is also one of those Hawkesbury region localities where
native doves and pigeons are in abundance - in addition to Wongas and
cuckoo-doves already mentioned, Peaceful and Bar-shouldered Doves are
abundant garden visitors (although the latter less so the past 2 years)
as are Common Bronzewings and of course Crested Pigeons. White-headed
Pigeons are occasional visitors.


Eric Finley

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