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Prince Henry Drive

Regent Bowerbird – Sericulus chrysocephalus (female) Photo: Scot McPhie

Today’s excursion at Prince Henry Drive was rescheduled from destinations proposed earlier, which proved unworkable at this time. As always, we enjoyed easy birding with the advantage of being able to look down on some tree tops.

Photo: Scot McPhie

Despite pleasant weather, the abundance of small bush birds was not high, having not yet entered the period of autumn-winter northward migration.

A number of warm-season migrants were still present, including Cicadabird, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous Fantail and Spangled Drongo. Brown-coloured Regent Bowerbirds were busy eating small berries of what may have been a ribbonwood tree, an indigenous vine-scrub species. A pair of Grey Goshawks was out-and-about quite a lot, causing frequent concerns for smaller birds.

Barred Cuckoo-shrike – Coracina lineata – Photo: Scot McPhie

Photo: Scot McPhie

As well as experiencing the wildlife, our group appreciated good camaraderie, discussing subjects as diverse as council elections and personal episodes of bush mite ‘attacks’.

Photo: Scot McPhie
Photo: Scot McPhie
Photo: Scot McPhie

Here’s the full list for the day, thirty-one species in total.

Australasian FigbirdSphecotheres vieilloti
Australian King-ParrotAlisterus scapularis
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen
Barred Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina lineata
Bar-shouldered DoveGeopelia humeralis
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
Blue-faced HoneyeaterEntomyzon cyanotis
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Common CicadabirdEdolisoma tenuirostre
Eastern WhipbirdPsophodes olivaceus
Golden WhistlerPachycephala pectoralis
Grey ButcherbirdCracticus torquatus
Grey GoshawkAccipiter novaehollandiae
Grey Shrike-thrushColluricincla harmonica
Laughing KookaburraDacelo novaeguineae
Lewin’s HoneyeaterMeliphaga lewinii
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Noisy MinerManorina melanocephala
Pale-headed RosellaPlatycercus adscitus
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Pied CurrawongStrepera graculina
Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus
Regent BowerbirdSericulus chrysocephalus
Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons
SilvereyeZosterops lateralis
Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Variegated Fairy-wrenMalurus lamberti
White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis
Mike plus free-loader Photo: Scot McPhie

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