Morepork in Hamilton - update

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Subject: Morepork in Hamilton - update
From: Steve <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:08:11 +1000
G'day all

The Morepork that I first found in my garden ('roasting' in a dense tree as the 
birdlife Australia-Hamilton newsletter put it) on 2 June was still there 
yesterday.  It wasn't seen today but has disappeared for a few days before - 
before coming back to one of two regular trees.  It's been a pleasure showing 
it to local and visiting birders.  

Yesterday two birders drove up from Melbourne just to see it and spent about an 
hour with cameras and scopes trained on it.  It has become used to people now 
and barely raises an eyelid when we stand under it and gawk - so hard to see 
the yellow eyes.  With my permission a brief burst of the 'mopoke' call from 
the Morecombe app was played with the hope that the bird would open it's eyes.  
There was a total lack of reaction.

Jenny and I are not going to be around for a couple of weeks (an East Timor 
holiday beckons) but if it is still around in mid July I'll let people know and 
visitors are welcome as long as they spend a few $ in Hamilton before they head 

Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic


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