Nepean Weir sightings

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Subject: Nepean Weir sightings
From: Ákos Lumnitzer <>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 18:43:10 +1100
Hi birders

I was thinking of reporting this sighting to Birdline, but decided not to
due to a recent experience when one of the moderators kindly dismissed my
report of a wonderful male Superb Lyrebird. Though he (the Lyrebird, I
think I better clarify that though nothing would surprise me) was feeding
on worms and grubs and mimicking a dozen or so species yet in the
moderator's words the observation was not unusual or rare. Perhaps not
unusual as it is a common bird supposedly and what it was doing was normal
and maybe someone of legend twitcher or birder status sees that on every
outing (I'd LOVE to see THAT!), but arguably for 95% of the bird observing
and appreciating folks out there, which does include a birding virgin in
the presence of yours truly in the real bird world, it would be an
incredible sighting and not something they would often witness so most
certainly something more than worthy to share.

By the way, I am still waiting for some definition from this person on
what constitutes a rarity and what should/should not be reported.

So, my common and boring, normal, everyday, mundane and not noteworthy
bird sightings at my local haunt yesterday included two Black Bitterns
flying about 15m above the river in formation, two Rainbow Bee-eaters
(male presenting dragonflies to the lady twice) and a pair of Collared
Sparrowhawks, which I think may well have a nest on an island in the
middle of the river, nest TBC.

I hope your days are filled with far more exciting sightings than those
poor, sad birds. :)

Oh, I also forgot to mention the boring little Musk Lorikeets and Little
Lorikeets that have been keeping me company about 35 meters from my home
for the past two weeks. Two species I have never seen in my western Sydney
suburbs in the eight years since I lived there.


Ákos Lumnitzer


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