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The good things were the first of the summer breeding migrants, the Spectacled Monarchs and to see a nice pair of Mistletoe birds. We had a pleasant surprise on the lake where there were about 10 pink-eared ducks, its really quite surprising how many we’ve seen this year at different locations. We saw three different species of birds of prey, but my choice for the bird of the day was one of my favourite birds, the Australian Reed Warbler.

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Copies of the excellent & definitive “ The Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria” by local authors John Moss & Ross Kendall now on sale at $27.50 from Mike Russell (5545 3601).

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