The Adaptability of Fig-Parrots

To: Helen Larson <>
Subject: The Adaptability of Fig-Parrots
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:53:24 +1000
Tis a finch, Helen.

They seek it here, they seek it there,
Those twitchers seek it everywhere.
Is it at Atherton or is it at Newell,
That dashed elusive Pimpernel.

I suspect that the Green Pimpernel has motivated a large number of visitor nights at Kingfisher Park.

On 13/12/2010, at 9:53 AM, Helen Larson wrote:

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 Fig-Parrots 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 Park last night and were due to hit the mountain today.

Regards, Laurie

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