Derby Sewerage ponds pied honeyeater

To: birding aus <>, "Frank O'Connor" <>
Subject: Derby Sewerage ponds pied honeyeater
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 21:24:23 +1030
Hi Frank and Birding ausers,

I went to the sewerage ponds this morning and  more particularly the
overflow and what a great birding spot this turned out to be.
The bird I didn't expect to see was male and female pied honeyeaters at the
 back of the overflow heading out towards the dry reedbeds.  I gather these
are significantly out of normal range.  Also perhaps unusual were 7 black
tailed native hens which from reports have been turning up in all kinds of

There was a great collection of birds at the overflow- hooded robin, white
winged triller, redbacked fairy wren, golden headed cisticola, red chested
button quail, whistling kite, torresian crow, tree martins(100's) white
breasted woodswallow, eastern yellow wagtail, long toed stint, sharp tailed
sandpiper, wood sandpiper, black fronted dotterel,blue winged kookaburra,
dollarbird,little friarbird, double barred finch, purple swamphen, marsh
sandpiper, black winged stilt, avocet, grey teal.

There was also a snipe sp, possibly pin tailed, based on head markings not
being really dark.  I had no scope with me, but the bird stayed kindly in
the open.

Unfortunately, there were also a large number of dead wallabies which were
highly odorous, a lot of flies and the temperature at 6.30 am was hot enough
to sweat standing still(it was 45 degrees in Derby yesterday).  When I
phoned my daughter for her birthday from there and described the situation
she did wonder about my definition of a good time!  Only  a birdo would


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