Crimson Chat at Sydney Park, St Peters - ANOTHER SYDNEY VAGRANT -

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Subject: Crimson Chat at Sydney Park, St Peters - ANOTHER SYDNEY VAGRANT -
From: "Scott Henderson" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 16:21:39 +1100
Thanks Max for confirming that a couple of Chats were in Sydney Park. I thought 
I was going a bit nutty at first when I saw them.

A great spot - I live in Chippendale not far away, and I didn't even know there 
were ponds at the bottom of the park until I saw them flying into Sydney 
recently. Yesterday was the day I decided to check them out.

Also seen were the Dotterels, a Sacred Kingfisher and a pair of Whiskered Terns.

My coordinates on Birdline were a bit off. I saw them at  approx 33°54'47.38"S 

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Subject: Crimson Chat at Sydney Park,St Peters - ANOTHER SYDNEY VAGRANT -

Hi all,

after hearing about Scott Henderson's sighting of a pair of Crimson Chats at 
Sydney Park, I was eager to get over there and have a look. Annoyingly, a lunch 
with friends had been organised for Monday, but it was canceled when they 
called saying they were sick.

I convinced my dad to drive me to Sydney Park to have a look and we reached 
Sydney Park at 9:15am. I had never been to the park before and was suprised at 
the amount of birdlife which showed.

We walked around the South-east side of the park seeing quite a few waterbirds- 
Hardhead, White-faced Heron and Dusky Moorhen, but we soon found Clamorous 
Reed-Warbler in the reeds around the main pond and also a Black-fronted 
Dotterel wich flew low over the main pond calling.
After about half-an-hour of searching, all we had to show was a large flock of 
Nutmeg Mannikins and a pair Australasian Grebes. So we headed back towards the 
car. On the way back we walked along the western side of the main pond where we 
found some small wattle trees, which was where the chats had been seen 
previously. Upon walking around the wattles we found another flock of Nutmeg 
Mannikins and after a minute of searching out came a beautiful male Crimson 
Chat! He began feeding on the ground below a wattle until he saw us, he then 
flew over to another wattle, where he was joined by his mate. We then watched 
them feeding under a wattle for about five minutes until they flew off.

If anyone would like exact details to where we saw them I would be happy to 


Max Breckenridge,
Gladesville, Sydney...

P.S. Well done to Scott Henderson for finding them in the first place!

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