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Below we highlight special sightings and birding experiences that we want to share, apart from the usual blog post. These are usually local experiences, feel free to comment and ask questions.
A very unique and unusual sighting was of this leucistic Currawong in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. This unique mutation reduces the black colouring in the bird, but it is not albinism, as the eye remains yellow and their are patches of black in the plumage. This mother raised two normal black and white Pied Currawongs. This sighting is extremely rare and has been reported world-wide, and we were blessed to actually see the bird early 2018 on our hottest day.
As many of you know I have ticked off the elusive and critically endangered rare Regent Honeyeater from my bucket list. Not that I have seen it for the first time, for I had in Taronga Zoo, but that I saw an unbanded bird for first time in the wild, making it a true lifer. You can view my story in a previous blog post here.
The decline in this bird over recent years is believed to be due to loss of habitat especially the blossom of the Mugga Ironbark tree. Most of these trees were cut down in the 1900s for railway sleepers. Australia’s largest ever conservation program is trying to save these birds (less than 200 left in the wild) by a massive tree replanting, but it may be too late as these trees take several years to mature and flower. These birds are turning up in most unexpected places, but Capertee National Park ( a locked gate park) is the main conservation area for these birds in NSW.
Walking in the Royal National Park, Audley, my wife discovered the nest of a Tawny Frogmouth, not in a eucalypt tree, which is the normal camouflaged tree for these birds, but on a large limb of a Angophora costata tree or Sydney Red Gum, where it stood out like a sore thumb. This was high in a tree next to the large Fig in Fig Tree Flat.
We checked this nest again the following weekend and the mother and baby were still there but we also found the father Tawny watching them from the adjacent tree, sitting hidden beneath the fork of a branch.
Further down Lady Carrington Drive my wife sighted another Tawny Frogmouth nest, again with mother and one baby nesting on a bare branch.
The young Frogmouth has fledged leaving this very flimsy nest.
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