The Adaptability of Fig-Parrots

To: Laurie Knight <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: The Adaptability of Fig-Parrots
From: Helen Larson <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 23:53:51 +0000 (GMT)
okay, I give up, what is a green pimpernel? 
Am familiar with the Scarlet one but he does not hang out in Queensland.


From: Laurie Knight <>
To: Birding Aus <>
Sent: Sun, 12 December, 2010 22:00:38
Subject: [Birding-Aus] The Adaptability of Fig-Parrots

I was in Cairns for work purposes last week.  The tides were no good for wader 
watching during my free time there, but I did come across a flock of 
on the Esplanade on Thursday morning.

The thing that interested me was the contrast between the fates of macleayana 
and coxeni.  While the latter taxa has largely disappeared [due to vegetation 
clearing], the former is thriving and has moved into suburbia.  Even more 
interesting, the tame individuals that I photographed at close range were 
feeding on the flowers of [what appeared to me to be] an exotic tree.

I had some time off for good behaviour after my work was finished, so drove up 
to Kingfisher Park.  There I was able to catch up with the ubiquitous 
"white-tailed tropicfishers" [very striking in flight] as well as the elusive 
"green pimpernels" on Mt Lewis.  It was actually quite busy on Mt Lewis, and I 
was joined by Brian Venables as I was staking out "the clearing".  A group of 
hard-charging birders [possibly a twitchathon team from NSW] arrived at the 
last night and were due to hit the mountain today.

Regards, Laurie

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