Monday, 1 January 2018

Bird banding at Iluka Nature Reserve 19-21 August 2017

Adult male Regent Bowerbird

                  REPORT ON BIRD BANDING AT ILUKA NATURE RESERVE

 19-21.08.2017

           

Banders:  Greg Clancy, Richard Allen, Warren Martin, Suzi Bond and Jan Patterson

Assistants/Visitors: Val Clancy, Saul Dixon, Tricia Griffin, Tony and Russell Jago



Banding was carried out at the northern end of the Nature Reserve, off the Iluka Bluff Road, on 19 & 20 August and at the southern end, off Long Street, on 21 August.



Seventy-three birds were mist netted over the three day survey.  Seven were retraps, having been banded previously, and sixty-six were banded as first time captures.



The results are shown in the table below.



SPECIES
19/08/2017
20/08/2017
21/08/2017
TOTALS

Banded Retrap
Banded Retrap
Banded Retrap
Banded Retrap
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  
      0         0

      0         0

     1           0

     1         0
Grey Fantail
      3         0
      0         0          
     0           0
     3         0
Rufous Fantail
    
      3         0

      1         2
 
     3           0

     7         2
Eastern Yellow Robin
    
      
     10        2
     
     
      3         0
    
    
     1          0

    
    14        2
Golden Whistler

      0         1

      1         0

     1          0

     2         1
Grey Shrike-thrush

      0         0

      0         0

     1          0

     1         0
Little Shrike-thrush

      0         0

      0         0

     1          0

     1         0
Varied Triller
      2         0
      1         0
     0          0
     3         0
Brown Gerygone

      1         0

      0         0

     0          0

     1         0
Brown Thornbill

      1         0

      0         0

     4          0

     5         0
White-browed Scrubwren

      7         0

      0         0

     0          0

     7         0
Large-billed Scrubwren

      2         1

      0         1

     1          0

     3         2
Lewin’s Honeyeater

    11         0

      1         0

     3          0

   15         0
Regent Bowerbird

      2         0

      0         0

     0          0

     2         0
Little Wattlebird

      1         0

      0         0

     0          0

     1         0
TOTALS
    43         4
      7         3
   16          0
   66         7





The seven retraps comprised two Rufous Fantails, one carrying colour bands from Lindsey Nietmann’s project, two Eastern Yellow Robins, one Golden Whistler and a Large-billed Scrubwren retrapped twice.  All were originally banded at the site of recapture.  Their banding and retrap details are as follows:



Rufous Fantail



01A-03767 Banded (1+) by me on 13 Oct 2013, retrapped for the first time by

me on 20 Aug 2017, over 3 years 10 months after banding;

01A-71012 Banded by Lindsey Nietmann on 12 Dec 2014 as part of her

Rufous Fantail project with two yellow colour bands on the left tarsus and a numbered alloy band on the right tarsus.  Retrapped by Warren Martin on 20 Aug 2017, over 2 years 8 months after banding.


Adult Rufous Fantail



Eastern Yellow Robin



026-65875 Banded (1+ male) by Alan Leishman on 17 Mar 2015, retrapped

by Alan the following day and then by Richard Allen on 19 Aug 2017, over 2 years 5 months after banding; ;

026-94989 Banded (2+ male) by Cristina Buelow on 24 Aug 2014, retrapped

by me on 19 Aug 2017,nearly 3 years after banding.




Large-billed Scrubwren



01A-03765 Banded (2+) by me on 12 Oct 2013.  Retrapped on 19 Aug 2017

by Suzi Bond and on 20 Aug 2017 by Richard Allen, over 3 years 10 months after banding.




Bill of Large-billed Scrubwren



Interesting records were of Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves calling in the Nature Reserve and a Noisy Pitta and a Russet-tailed Thrush were seen along the Woody Head Road.  A Russet-tailed Thrush and an Emerald Dove were heard calling at Iluka South on 21 August.  The Emerald Dove used to be regularly recorded at Iluka and Woody Head but records have been scarce in recent years.  A road-killed Southern Boobook was collected from the Bluff Road intersection on the Iluka Road as we left on the Monday.


Adult male Varied Triller

  

Adult male Varied Triller
                                     


First year male Varied Triller

First year male Varied Triller showing underparts
First year female Fan-tailed Cuckoo



Head of first year female Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Adult male Regent Bowerbird
Adult male Regent Bowerbird

Adult Little Shrike-thrush showing me how sharp its bill is

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