Regent Honeyeaters at Chiltern NP

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Subject: Regent Honeyeaters at Chiltern NP
From: Dean Ingwersen <>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:46:29 +0000
Hi Brendan (and all),

Firstly, the ironbark has budded up really well in Chiltern this year and some 
has started to flower already.  As a result there are decent numbers of Noisy 
and Little Friarbirds in the park already, along with a good mix of smaller 
nectarivores (e.g. Black-chinned and Fuscous Honeyeaters), and at this stage 
I'll be surprised if Regent Honeyeaters don't turn up in the park in the next 
few months.

In terms of recent years Eremaea is pretty much spot on - Greenhill Dam and 
surrounds has been a real drawcard for the species.  Hanging around the dam 
late in the day can turn up Regents dipping in the dam if they are around, but 
searching that broad area is also worthwhile.  White Box walk was good last 
year and has been in other years too, and interestingly there appears to be 
patches of White Box that will flower again this year (interesting in that 
White Box in the park flowered for about 10 months straight last year!).  Close 
to here, a pair bred successfully late last year near the junction of All 
Nations Rd and the road to Honeyeater Picnic area.  Late in 2012 there was also 
a report of a single Regent at Lappin's Dam in the north-west of the park from 
an excellent observer - Lappin's Dam is to the north of Donchi Hill Rd, on 
Lappin's Track.  The Parks Victoria map online shows most of these roads 
marked.  Other areas to check include the broad junction of Klotz and Lang's 
Track (an area used lots historically, but less so recently), and the dams on 
the eastern side of Bartley's Block.  But they really can turn up anywhere 
within the park so keeping eyes and ears peeled while you drive around will 
help!  If you happen to track one down we'd love to know as soon as possible - 
many are colour banded and the more data we can collect the better.

Hope that helps, and good luck!

Cheers, Dean

Dean Ingwersen | Woodland birds for Biodiversity
Regent Honeyeater recovery coordinator

BirdLife Australia
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Hi all

I will be down in Albury for a short trip in mid April. I am hoping to get out

to Chiltern NP to look for Regent Honeyeaters. I see from Eremaea that the most

common spots to see them are at Greenhill Dam and the Whitebox walking track. I

understand that tracking down this species will be difficult especially

considering their transient nature. I was hoping anyone would be able provide

some useful tips toward locating the species as well as navigating the area as

I have never been there before.

I will have sometime to drive around looking for flowering Iron Barks but

unfortunately not enough time to stick around for the captive release which I

hear is planned for later that same week.


Brendan Cook

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