Sunday, July 10, 2005

Weather in Capertee Valley was windy and very cloudy in the morning. Despite this, a group of 3 RHE was spotted without much difficulty at the ‘Glenowland Creek’ along Glenowland Road, Glen Alice. One bird tried to follow the other one and fanned out its yellow outer tail when they were on same perch. I wonder if this is an indication of courtship display. No feeding activity was observed. There was a tree in full boom (sorry I am not good in tree ID) 30 meters further down the road, but RHE did not seem to wander that far from the creek. The tree was fiercely guarded by a Noisy Friarbird and would drive away any White-plumed Honeyeater and Fuscous Honeyeater that tried to have a share of the nectar rich tree.

RHE continued to be seen until 3pm when I left. They were usually seen in the group of 2 birds. Once I became familiar with their call and their elegant flight (slow flyer in another term), it is quite easy to detect their presence.

Other birds seen around the Creek,

Common Bronzewing
Nankeen Kestrel
Peaceful Dove
Little Lorikeet
Eastern Rosella
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (A dark morph, probably a juvenile, faintly barred on belly, mottled white on forehead. Head and face black)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Crested Shrike-Tit
Brown Treecreeper
White-plumed Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Magpie Lark
Jacky Winter
Unidentified Australian Warbler

No sign of Noisy Miner or Red Wattlebird, although Noisy Miners were found along the gravel road before the turn to either Glen Alice/Glen Davis.


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