Thursday, 25 September 2008

21st September Report

A dry week in which 80 bird species and 13 mammal and reptile species were recorded. Highlights included White-headed Pigeon which is not common in our area, Superb Fruit-Dove which we actually saw instead of just heard, the male Fernwren is still with us after 5 months – he must be getting lonely by now. Large-billed Scrubwren are busy building nests, A Lewin’s Honeyeater appeared at the feeder after saying last week that they had all left and two Blue-faced Parrot-Finch turned up at the crake pool for a drink, spotted by two Japanese ladies.


The Yellow-breasted Boatbill's are very vocal at the moment and mainly calling each morning and afternoon. This is probably a precursor to nesting which occurs October to January when the male sings continuously whilst building the nest. The boatbill's occurring in our area are of the sub-species secundus and mainly differ from the nominate race (found on Cape York Peninsula) by brighter yellow underparts and flanks, males also have longer tails.


The 3 photos below show an adult male of the race secundus.







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