Topknot Pigeons & Camphor Laurel

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Subject: Topknot Pigeons & Camphor Laurel
From: "Graeme Gallienne" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:03:35 +1000

Hi Greg,


I live in the Gold Coast Hinterland.  For the past 11 years flocks of
Topknot Pigeons have visited every autumn to feed in the camphor laurel
trees along Cedar Creek, today 1 saw a flock of 100+. They have been in the
area now for about 6 weeks. 


I have never observed any dead birds but have at times wondered whether the
berries cause any harm.  As well as the Topknots, large flocks of
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Figbirds (more than 100 at times ), numerous
Pied Currawongs and Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrikes seem to like a diet which
includes these berries.  The White-headed Pigeons arrive in numbers (I've
had as many as 40) during late autumn and winter and seem to feed on the
ground once the berries have dropped and shrivelled a bit, and they stay
around for most of the winter feeding on these.


Also attracted as a result of the numbers of birds feeding on the berries
are the raptors.  Brown Goshawks, Grey Goshawks (which I've seen hunting
along the creek in the early morning fog), White-bellied Sea-Eagles and
Wedge-tailed Eagles all patrol the creekline.



Sandra Gallienne


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