Regent Honeyeater Captive Release 2018
Regent Honeyeater Image: Neville Bartlett.
This page builds on information regarding the Regent Honeyeater captive release program. For more details on previous years activities.
Updates continue on from 2017
These updates are provided to follow the release of captive bred Regent Honeyeaters in April 2017.
Update No. 24, 24 January 2018 (week 42 post 1st release)
The second confirmed evidence of an ex release Regent Honeyeater ‘crossing the Alps’ (or perhaps going the long route) to Gippsland was made in January 2018 when one of the 2017 released birds (Blue White Orange Metal - BWOM) was discovered at Stratford by an observant resident.
The previous record of a Regent travelling to Gippsland was in November 2016 when one of the 2015 release birds was recorded 270 km from the Chiltern release site at Outtrim in East Gippsland. This bird subsequently returned to Chiltern and was photographed on 7 June 2017 (Update No. 10).
Report any sightings
Please let the Regent Team know ASAP if you spot any or hear of Regents observations (so they can help follow-up to check for further birds etc). Reports of incidental sightings have proven to be very valuable in the past. Remember to check for bands with binoculars and take & forward photo's were possible.
Land-holders and community groups are requested to keep an eye and ear open for Regents around flowering bottlebrush, grevillea etc. in native gardens with bird baths or farm dams.