bowerbirds have returned to Lamington NP

Subject: bowerbirds have returned to Lamington NP
From: Ronda Green <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 07:27:25 +1000
How I found out the bowerbirds had returned was actually a little embarrassing. 
 I'd left Brisbane at 4.30am without breakfast (just a bottle of iced coffee 
and a few corn chips along the way), picked up birding guests from the Gold 
Coast and headed up to O'Reilly's.  I'd been there and to Binna Burra 2 weeks 
ago and seen one female regent at OR and 3 satins at BB, but not the numbers 
you'd expect in the warmer months.  I'd explained this to my guests and - 
because I was hungry -  grabbed a big handful of corn chips to chew on my way 
around the treetop walk.  Suddenly a male regent bowerbird flew towards the 
lodge, and in excitement I called my guests and raced over there.  Suddenly 
there were three regent bowerbirds on my arm and flying off with my chips.  A 
staff member came out and started feeding them with sultanas, and a couple of 
extra birds landed on me and grabbed at my chips. I got a lecture on not 
feeding inappropriate foods.  I'm not sure he believed me when I said
  it was accidental, and i didn't really get a chance to explain that I always 
warn our guests of this, have written papers and given several talks on the 
same topic and wrote the feeding policy for the WTA website.

Anyway, the satins and regents are back in some numbers now at O'R, having 
hardly seen any over winter.  Only a few seem to have arrived at BB so far, but 
it shoudn't be long before we're seeing them regularly there as well

Ronda Green, BSc(Hons) PhD
Araucaria Ecotours
Chair Wildlife Tourism Australia:
Chair Scenic Rim Wildlife: 
Honorary research fellow Griffith University


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