Painted Honeyeaters

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Subject: Painted Honeyeaters
From: Marie Tarrant <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:08:57 +1000
Have just arrived in Winton after participating in the BQ bird surveys in
the Diamantina NP, SEQ.  The arrival of Painted Honeyeaters in the
Diamantina channels coincided with our last day of surveying and also
coincided with an increase in the numbers of Mistletoebirds present (which
until then had been significantly less than last year).   The major
attraction is the heavily flowering mistletoes (red variety) and the seeds
which are suddenly conspicuous all about the trees adjacent to channels and
water courses.  I arrived in Winton and camped last night on the Long
Waterhole waking up this morning to a chorus of further good numbers of
Painted Honeyeaters darting between red mistletoe dripping trees and
calling each other loudly.  The mistletoe was just as attractive to the
White-plumed, Brown and Spiny-cheeked HEs too.

Such a thrill to witness so many of them at the one time.

Off to Bladensburg NP now for a further week of bird surveys.

Marie Tarrant
Grateful that the Winton library allows dusty travellers to make use of
their wireless internet.

Marie Tarrant
Kobble Creek,  Qld
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