Night Parrot article

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Subject: Night Parrot article
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 00:39:24 +1000
G'day all,


For even more information, refer to the book >
Bush Safari by Rex Ellis, Rigby, 1982
ISBN 0 7270 1515 X
pages 217 - 219

wherein the author describes Shane Parker's reaction after saying he had seen a 
Night Parrot.

" Shane said that a smallish, plump green and yellow parrot with a short tail 
had been flushed from under the feet and feeding heads of the camels.
 It had risen several metres, flown a distance of some 30 metres, and dropped 
down into the thick bassia again.
...... We ...... beat the whole flat ..... but to no avail. The bird must have 
run on the ground in the fashion of a quail.
...... Shane, Malcolm, and John kept searching the area.
...... The sun was setting when the boys came in.
..... John Mason had flushed three more birds that fitted Shane's description.
Shane did not see them , but Malcolm's claim to fame is that he heard them fly 
over his head before dropping again "

For info re the April 2005 sighting of 3 Night Parrots in the Pilbara refer

A station manager has related to me how he observed 2 fat budgies coming into 
drink at his homestead bore each evening.
This was during a long drought.
At a later time, a retired employee of an adjacent Cattle station gave me a 
credible description of similar sightings

Regards from
Bob Forsyth
Mount Isa, NW Qld.

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