Good Autumn birding

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Subject: Good Autumn birding
From: Bill Jolly <>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 11:38:03 +1000
Let me make it clear from the outset that I’m not suggesting this as a new 
thread, but I did see some really good birds while I was having my hair cut 

My hairdresser is Eileen at Chez Jolly, on the back verandah at Abberton, and 
she doesn’t mind if I keep my binoculars handy throughout, just so long as I 
don’t move my head too sharply without warning. Which did prove somewhat 
difficult during my four o’clock appointment yesterday afternoon.

The first interruption was a Grey Goshawk, which was causing an evident stir 
along the creekside before flying into a big wattle right across from us. I 
usually take my camera to the hairdresser’s too, and I got off a couple of 
shaky shots before being snapped back to position in the chair. Four pm is a 
good time of day for action in the birdbath, and both the bath and the adjacent 
rockpool were simply buzzing with birds, often four or five species together 
including Variegated Fairywrens, Speckled Warbler, Striated Pardalote, 
White-throated Honeyeaters, Scarlet Honeyeater, Rufous Whistler, Yellow 
Thornbills, Yellow-billed Thornbills, Double-barred and Zebra Finches, a couple 
of recently returned Grey Fantails, plus various finches – lots of garden 

A boldly barred Shining Bronze-Cuckoo dropped into the eucalyptus behind the 
birdbath, but didn’t venture down to the water. All up, more than 30 species 
from the verandah during the course of the haircut. A great diversion during 
one of life’s tedious but necessary tasks.

On Wednesday afternoon we had a couple of Black Falcons doing circuits here 
with a Peregrine Falcon above. An Australian Hobby and White-bellied Sea-eagle 
were here on Tuesday. We presently have one, sometimes two, Southern Boobooks 
roosting in the garden, and today, Friday, a brightly coloured immature 
Black-faced Monarch is around the garden, as they often are in August, and a 
Brush Cuckoo is calling loudly and persistently.

Also on Tuesday, a late-ish Latham’s Snipe locally, Azure Kingfisher, and 
elsewhere in the valley two groups of Ground Cuckoo-shrikes, Black-necked Stork 
and Swamp Harrier.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

(27º 34' 21" S; 152º 08' 21" E)

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