Hoping the signs are still good for July 20!!
On 24/06/2013, at 8:29 PM, robert morris wrote:
> Hi All
> Due to the forecast conditions this week, the east coast low further south
> and the number of prions seen heading north from Ballina over the weekend,
> Paul Walbridge has organised an extra pelagic out of Southport this weekend
> on Sunday. There are still a number of places left. Please contact Paul on
> his normal email:
> or call him on 07 3256 4124 to book a place. The signs are good.... Cheers
> Rob Morris
>> Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:50:39 +1000
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Currious Pitta Behaviour
>> Last month I posted about an overwintering Noisy Pitta in a rainforest gully
>> down below my house. On Sunday, Marion Roper brought some visiting birders
>> over to see if they could find White-eared Monarch (good views) and I asked
>> if they wanted to give the Pitta a go. We pushed our way through the
>> lantana into the gully and after only two short cuts of playback, had the
>> pitta sitting on a branch just in front of us. High fives all around we
>> headed back up to my place.
>> About an hour later, on dusk, I heard a pitta call a few hundred meters off
>> my back deck.curious, as there is no proper habitat from where it called and
>> I could not believe there would be two over wintering birds out here. Then
>> a minute or so later I heard a pitta call again.a few hundred meters further
>> to my right.then a few minutes later.again a few hundred meters away this
>> time almost behind me. And finally, again from closer to the gully making a
>> complete loop of well over a KM from the spot where we had it earlier.
>> I find this very curious. I am hypothesizing that the bird from earlier
>> waited until dusk and then flew out for 'a look see' and to try to find the
>> interloper or reinforce his winter claim. Assuming this is correct; I had
>> never considered that a bird would hold such a territorial memory for that
>> long. Even more surprising as it is winter as I would not have expected it
>> to be very juiced up. I had always assumed that a bird resumed normal
>> behavior quite quickly once the threat or rival left...?
>> As previously mentioned, I have heard this bird on dusk and after dark from
>> this area all year, but never "advertising" or "searching" as it last night.
>> Is this a common pitta behavior? Is it common for a wintering bird to hold
>> this level of territorial memory over an hour after a brief encounter? Love
>> to hear any thoughts or observations of similar.
>> Roger McNeill
>> Brisbane - Samford Valley, SEQ
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