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TMNHA Bird Walk 19/04/08 Palm Grove National Park

While waiting for the rest of the group to arrive at the Info Centre I was entertained by Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Lewin’s Honeyeater and Little Wattlebird feeding on the flowers of the Camelia in the car park. The Noisy Miner, Rainbow Lorikeet, Torresian Crow, Australian Magpie and Laughing Kookaburra are also busy getting ready for the day. As I looked up to check the darkening clouds which were starting to roll in a Grey Goshawk took advantage of the wind and glided effortlessly above me. With a start like that who cares if it does rain.

 
Palm Grove was looking lush and green after all the rain and it was good to see the Pademelon darting about as we wandered down the track.
 
Birds seen or heard on the walk were Green Catbird, Golden Whistler, Brown Thornbill, Large-billed Scrubwren, Eastern Whipbird, Brown Pigeon, Pale-yellow Robin, Grey Fantail, Grey Shrike-thrush, Little Shrike-thrush, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Spotted Pardalote, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Lewin’s Honeyeater, Red-browed Finch and would you believe only one Australian Brush-turkey was seen.
 
The call of a Brush Cuckoo was heard on the walk which I thought was strange for this time of the year.
 
Although the wind and rain did catch up with us it was a good morning’s birding with a total of 28 species seen.
Jeff Eller

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