Birds

Red Wattlebird

The Chairman of the Southern Tablelands Farm Forestry Network actually managed to identify and record one  bird species in Mount Rae Forest. To my knowledge  this is the only fauna or plant species they have ever identified in Mount Rae forest. Well done STFFN!
 In his own words: “In 2 hours walk through the forest on a glorius autumn day, I saw only one species of bird-the common white winged Chough, no canopy feeders, no birds of the forest floor, no parrots, no pigeons and no marsupials were present indicating a forest in severe decline.  Comparing this with our own situation where bird and animal life abounds, it is obvious some form of intervention is needed. “
 
The above is a direct quote published in the “Bungonia Times” by their Chairman. Is  this the what passes for “sound science ” . When Upper Lachlan Shire Councillors unanimously voted against this operation in 2008 the same forestry network decried the councillors for supposedly baisng there decision on the advice of  some local “amateur birdwatchers ” while ignoring their own copious sound science. (which subsequently  turned out to be neither copious or sound) .    
It is because of statements such as the above and others  that there are NO threatened species in this forest and it has NO conservation or biodiversity value that renders this website necessary.    
I am informed The Chairman of STFFN who made these comments grows pine trees for commercial sale…   
  

White throated TREE creeper. Not stump creeper or firewood creeper. TREEcreeper...

Crimson Rosella outside its hollow

Crimson Rosella on property for logging

Threatened bird species of the forest:

Gang gang cockatoo. Powerful and Barking Owl. Flame and Scarlet robin. Varied Sitella.

A bird survey was conducted by Merops Avian Services in February 2008.An area search method was applied and all species detected by call or sight were recorded.Their abundance and breeding status were aslo recorded .

RESULTS:

” Thirty bird species were recorded during the survey. One threatened species , namely the Gang- gang cockatoo-Callocephalon fimbriatum, was detected during the survey…several bird species were recorded.

Several potential nesting hollows were observed in the more mature trees…This habitat type does not appear to be common in the local government area and  large areas of continuous  forest are rare in the shire. The health of the site may aslo depend on whether it continues to exist as part of a large forest remnant and whether other parts of the forest offsite are altered.”

A second afternoon and nocturnal  bird survey was performed on my property “The Forest”by the same consultant. Twenty four bird species were recorded.

This forest is habitat for many bird species . The gang gang cockatoo is well known here the sighting of breeding pairs ios evdince of large hollows. (Along with actually seeing these large hollows!) Like many of our bird species they are threatened because of habitat loss and degredation. Gang gangs prefer a cool  temperate vegetation and are more likely than a lot of species to be impacted by predicted climate change. As well as verifications by experts I have video evidence of them in Mount Rae forest.

 Threatened by habitat loss and degredation? Climate change? SO WHY IS THE OEH APPROVING FIREWOOD LOGGING IN KNOWN HABITAT AGAINST THE ADVICE OF THEIR OWN SCIENTISTS? 

Tawny frogmouth-not an owl but a night bird species of the forest

 

These paintings were from wildlife artist and local ornithologist Humphrey Price-Jones of two of the threatened bird species of Mount Rae Forest-the Gang gang cockatoo and the Powerful Owl-see COMMUNITY EFFORTS elsewhere on this site.

The above appeared on the 2011 MOUNT RAE FOREST CALENDAR.

 

To see more on some of the bird species in this forest look at the page THE CALL on this website and for a complete list of the 55 known bird species and the over 230 species of fauna and flora in Mount Rae forest  please click on the following link:

http://sites.google.com/site/mountraeforestsite

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