Last Chance to See

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Subject: Last Chance to See
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:16:45 +0000

The weekend news regarding Orange-bellied Parrots is not encouraging - none of 
the ten OBPs that had arrived at Melaleuca were female - see

If the species doesn’t “turn the corner” it is quite possible that it won’t be 
too many years before OBPs are extinct in the wild and the only surviving 
populations will be captive bred.

If you haven’t seen OBPs in the wild or been to Melaleuca, this summer may be 
one of the last you can see them there.  I had the fortune to spend some time 
there in December last year following a bushwalk to South West Cape. It was 
very enjoyable watching the OBPs coming in to a feeder through the picture 
window of the Deny King Museum - you can look them in the eye through the scope 
set up for people recording the identifying bands on their legs. If you have 
the chance to spend a bit of time there, the bushwalking huts are quite cosy 
and Par Avion runs plenty of flights in summer.  If you are up to doing an 
overnight walk, Hidden Bay is well worth a visit - with a good chance of seeing 
Ground Parrots, Hooded Plovers, Southern Emu Wrens and Olive Whistlers etc.

Anyhow, I have attached an example of the sort of photo you can easily get [via 
the scope] of an OBP on the most photographed stick in Australia.

Regards, Laurie.

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