From Hobby to Mistletoe-bird

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Subject: From Hobby to Mistletoe-bird
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 11:26:13 +1100
The wet weather and lush, almost tropical growth in Mulgoa Valley has
brought with it considerable bird activity.
Notable sightings on the morning walks, 7 - 8am.
             A HOBBY eating a NOISY MINER, head end first. The Miner colony
has never been so silent.
             A pair of GREY TEAL with five ducklings. The MASKED LAPWINGS
have raised their three chicks to almost adult size.

              Two PALLID CUCKOO juveniles, fledged, flying and"cheeping",
one being fed in succession by a RED-WHISKERED BULBUL and EASTERN YELLOW
ROBIN. A WHITE-PLUMED HONEY-EATER approached as if to feed it, looked
puzzled, then flew off.
               A KESTREL on top of a dead tree in the woodland, same place
as a week or so ago. These, along with Black-shouldered Kites, were common
in the Valley's pastureland until about seven years ago
                A snake-necked tortoise on the road, transferred to the dam.
A dark brown wallaby, not so lucky, dead in a roadside ditch.   Three (?
Fallow) deer, quite large, black vertical stripe each side of tail.

                 A male RUFOUS WHISTLER  "fencing" with a GREY SHRIKE-THRUSH
which may have come too close to the Whistler's nest, crossing bills like
little swordsmen.

              COLLARED SPARROWHAWK stalking the canaries. Fledging

              A male MISTLETOEBIRD looking immaculate . SCARLET HONEYEATERS
are still in the Valley as well.


Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge


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