Australia Day - North Turramurra, Sydney

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Subject: Australia Day - North Turramurra, Sydney
From: "Wilsons" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:45:34 +1100
Hi all
hope you've all had a great day. Having been in the UK & Europe until recently 
(my 1st bird of 2014 was a Black-headed Gull), had my first proper Aussie 
birding walk of the year this morning, following the Lovers Jump Creek Track 
from McRae Place to Samuel King Oval in N Turramurra).  I saw 44 species, 
highlights from a good selection of local bush birds being:
- single Powerful Owl (with possum) approx 1km in from McRae Place
- singles of Pacific Baza and Brown Goshawk
- 2 Superb Lyrebirds seen (1 doing a varied repertoire of whipbird, rosella, 
kookaburra and it's own gurglings)
- family of Dollarbirds (2 ad; 4 fledglings)
- good numbers of Brown Pigeon

This afternoon at home (Bobbin Head Rd), have had a couple of interesting 
fly-overs (thanks to the local cockatoo alarm system...)
- the Brown Goshawk was around all afternoon
- a White-faced Heron flew over the house heading SE approx 2:30pm
- a Juvenile Swamp Harrier crossed over road heading West-East approx 3:30pm - 
very upswept wings, buoyant flight, long slim tail, chocolate brown with 
suggestion of white on the rump and paler patches around base of primaries.

Tom Wilson
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