Migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeaters

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Subject: Migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeaters
From: "Dr Richard Nowotny" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 22:47:58 +1000
Diana and I were down at Point Addis (a high heathy promontory between
Bell's Beach and Anglesea on Victoria's south-west coast) yesterday (Sat
19/4) around 9.00am on a clear, still, sunny morning. The air and bushes
were alive with honeyeaters - probably a thousand or more - certainly more
honeyeaters than I have ever seen in one place before.

They were predominantly Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, with much lesser numbers
of White-naped Honeyeaters and some Silvereyes (plus the resident New
Holland Honeyeaters). The birds were flying rapidly back and forth across
the low foliage close to the sea-cliffs, swirling around in the air, diving
into the bushes and perching on semi-exposed twigs and branches. There was
no obvious migratory movement in any direction. This continued for up to an
hour until we left.

This exhilarating sight led me to review the section on the movements of
Yellow-faced Honeyeaters in HANZAB (Vol 5) where I found it to be more or
less consistent with what I found described there - although the numbers
were certainly high for such a southerly location and the seemingly
non-directional flight somewhat unusual. 



Port Melbourne, Victoria

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