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White-throated Sparrow,©David Sibley

16 Apr Urgent Rescue required []
16 Apr Top 100 birds list URL [Carl Clifford ]
16 Apr Birds choose best building materials [Clive Nealon ]
16 Apr The 100 most distinct and rare birds [Carl Clifford ]
16 Apr Fwd: Fantastic new project - Condor Watch! [Carl Clifford ]
16 Apr FW: Fantastic new project - Condor Watch! [David Bruce ]
15 Apr Fw: South Coast Tasmania birding trip report ["Els and Bill" ]
15 Apr A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia [Clive Nealon ]
15 Apr Mulgoa birds ["Michael Hunter" ]
15 Apr Cyclone Ita [Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge ]
15 Apr Re: Yahoo email addresses [Dave Torr ]
15 Apr Re: Yahoo email addresses [Helen Larson ]
15 Apr YTBCs [Robin and Rupert Irwin ]
15 Apr Re: Field guides for Kenya and Madagascar [Sonja Ross ]
14 Apr Southport - Saturday 19th April 2014 - one space still available. [robert morris ]
14 Apr Re: Field guides for Kenya and Madagascar [Steve Clark ]
14 Apr Field guides for Kenya and Madagascar [Sonja Ross ]
14 Apr World ranking tracks evolutionary distinctness of birds [Laurie Knight ]
14 Apr SE SA & SW Vic: Counters and sightings wanted for Red-tail Cocky Count [colin trainor ]
14 Apr Longreach RFI []
14 Apr A New Look At Murmuration ... ["Tony Lawson" ]
13 Apr Re: Bird-a-Day [Gary Davidson ]
14 Apr Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline Australia Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline Victoria Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline South Australia Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline Cocos Keeling Islands Weekly Update []
14 Apr Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update []
14 Apr Re: Bird-a-Day ["Julian Bielewicz" ]
14 Apr Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest ["Birdpedia - Australia Info" ]
13 Apr GPS [John Harrisr ]
13 Apr Fw: Yellow Wagtails have seen out Ita ["Alan Gillanders" ]
13 Apr Re: Yahoo email addresses [Carl Clifford ]
13 Apr Re: Yahoo email addresses [Peter Shute ]
13 Apr Re: Yahoo email addresses [Sonja Ross ]
13 Apr Yahoo email addresses [Russell Woodford ]
13 Apr Re: Bird-a-Day [Martin Butterfield ]
13 Apr Bird-a-Day ["Julian Bielewicz" ]
12 Apr FW: Delivery Status Notification (Failure) ["Tony Russell" ]
11 Apr Re: Cyclone Ita []
12 Apr Re: Cyclone Ita [martin cachard ]
11 Apr Re: Cyclone Ita [Denise Goodfellow ]
11 Apr Re: Cyclone Ita [martin cachard ]
11 Apr RFI, Birding in and around Canberra / ACT ["Philip Veerman" ]
11 Apr Ashmore Reef Cruise March/April 2014 ["Mike Carter" ]
11 Apr RFI, Birding in and around Canberra / ACT []
11 Apr SYDNEY PELAGIC CANCELLED TOMORROW ["Roger McGovern" ]
11 Apr Cyclone Ita [Denise Goodfellow ]
11 Apr Raptor Vs Squirrel Youtube Video [Chris Shaw ]
11 Apr A few other photos for a new book on Chinese birds? [robert morris ]
10 Apr New approach to estimate seabird populations [Laurie Knight ]
10 Apr On-line bird biology course [Carl Clifford ]
10 Apr Bird Deaths at Large Solar Generators - Problem ["Dean Cutten" ]
10 Apr Photos of Leach's Storm-Petrel for a new book on Chinese birds? [robert morris ]
10 Apr Bird Deaths at Large Solar Generators ["Dean Cutten" ]
10 Apr Re: Grey Shrike-thrush [Denise Goodfellow ]
9 Apr RFI Abrolhos [Dave Torr ]
09 Apr RFI Hawker S.A. [brian fleming ]
09 Apr Re: Birding in Victoria [Andrew Hobbs ]
9 Apr Spangled Drongos at Merimbula [sue romane ]
9 Apr South Polar Skua LHI [Tobias Hayashi ]
9 Apr Re: trip report Southern Molucca and Tanimbar islands ofIndonesia ["Peter Madvig" ]
9 Apr Common Noddy [Peter Morgan ]
9 Apr Swift Parrots in Narooma [Jillian Keating ]
9 Apr Re: trip report Southern Molucca and Tanimbar islands ofIndonesia ["Alan Gillanders" ]
9 Apr Re: Australasian Robins [martin cachard ]
8 Apr Australasian Robins ["Geoffrey Allan Jones" ]
8 Apr Re: vale John Disney [Helen Larson ]
08 Apr Re: Birding in Victoria [Janine Duffy ]
8 Apr Re: Birding in Victoria [Ed Williams ]
8 Apr October Ashmore Trip needs YOU! [John Weigel ]

Subject: Urgent Rescue required
From: cranyong AT virginbroadband.com.au
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:52:43 +1000
I am in Yea Victoria Australia, I am travelling through and I have come 
across a bird in distress.

A Sulpher Crested Cockatoo is stuck in an oak tree about 20m up in the 
heavy timber of the tree.
The bird has its leg heavily tangled in some sort of line, this line is 
holding is to a branch in the tree.
I am appalled to say I can get no help from the emergency services here.

I need someone with an extension ladder and or a harness so I can go 
into the tree and retrieve the bird.

Please email me tonight  I cannot leave the bird in this distress state.



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Subject: Top 100 birds list URL
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:58:32 +1000
The link for the To 100 Birds list is 

http://www.edgeofexistence.org/birds/top_100.php

Carl Clifford

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Subject: Birds choose best building materials
From: Clive Nealon <clivenealon AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:14:27 +0800
What would they do without Zebra Finches... :-)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27040636

Clive
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Subject: The 100 most distinct and rare birds
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:37:50 +1000
An interesting list

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/26939570

Carl Clifford

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Subject: Fwd: Fantastic new project - Condor Watch!
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:09:10 +1000
Some on the list may enjoy participating in this bit of citizen science. 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Grant at the Zooniverse 
> Date: 16 April 2014 4:23:43 AEST
> To: ZOONIVERSE2 AT JISCMAIL.AC.UK
> Subject: Fantastic new project - Condor Watch!
> Reply-To: Grant at the Zooniverse 
> 
> Hi there,
> 
> Today we're launching a new, and hugely important Zooniverse project: Condor 
Watch. The are only around 200 California Condors living in the wild and they 
are in serious danger from lead poisoning, which they get by eating carcasses 
shot with lead bullets. Getting a better idea of how they interact and 
socialise is crucial to ongoing conservation efforts. 

> 
> Using camera traps, ecologists in the US have been observing them in the 
wild. However the sheer volume of images is now overwhelming. Starting today we 
need your help to look through the first set of data: 264,000 images of condors 
eating, socialising, and nesting. Ecologists need everyone's help to identify 
the individual birds from their numbered tags. Your efforts on this project 
will help preserve an endangered species - and we think that's really special. 

> 
> Get involved right now at www.condorwatch.org
> 
> Facebook | Twitter | G+ | Blog
> 
> Thank you,
> 
> Grant & the Zooniverse Team
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: FW: Fantastic new project - Condor Watch!
From: David Bruce <david.bruce AT uwa.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:10:02 +0800
FYI

From: Zooniverse Participants Announcement List 
[mailto:ZOONIVERSE2 AT JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Grant at the Zooniverse 

Sent: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 2:24 AM
To: ZOONIVERSE2 AT JISCMAIL.AC.UK
Subject: Fantastic new project - Condor Watch!

Hi there,

Today we're launching a new, and hugely important Zooniverse project: Condor 
Watch. 
The are only around 200 California Condors living in the wild and they are in 
serious danger from lead poisoning, which they get by eating carcasses shot 
with lead bullets. Getting a better idea of how they interact and socialise is 
crucial to ongoing conservation efforts. 


Using camera traps, ecologists in the US have been observing them in the wild. 
However the sheer volume of images is now overwhelming. Starting today we need 
your help to look through the first set of data: 264,000 images of condors 
eating, socialising, and nesting. Ecologists need everyone's help to identify 
the individual birds from their numbered tags. Your efforts on this project 
will help preserve an endangered species - and we think that's really special. 


Get involved right now at 
www.condorwatch.org 


Facebook | 
Twitter | 
G+ 
| Blog 


Thank you,

Grant & the Zooniverse Team





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Subject: Fw: South Coast Tasmania birding trip report
From: "Els and Bill" <elsandbill AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:48:26 +1000
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Els and Bill 
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org 
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:44 AM
Subject: South Coast Tasmania birding trip report


I thought readers might be interested in this trip as it was the first time it 
had been attempted as an extended birding trip, taking in Port Davey and was a 
great success despite not actually being able to reach Pedra Branca due to the 
bad weather. If it had been a week earlier, it would have been a different 
story. I hope it will inspire birders to make a similar attempt next year and 
to discover the possibilities offered by this great charter vessel. 


The bird list for the trip can be viewed by following this link: 
http://1drv.ms/Phz1yT 

Kind regards,
Els Wakefield

La Golondrina voyage to SW and SE Tasmania 14th to 19th March 2014.

 

The six passengers, Karen Dick, John Lillywhite, Andrew Walter, Hazel Britton, 
Peter Madvig and I drove down to Kettering, arriving just as La Golondrina 
pulled up at the public jetty. We met Morrie Wolf, the skipper and Chrissie 
Rowlands, the only crewmember. Chrissie showed us the cabins and we all chose 
where to sleep - some down below on bunks, others under cover on deck in single 
fold-up tents. The boat was very stable both for the rough weather and for bird 
watching as well as tidy, clean and spacious. The toilet and shower were in a 
combined space, which worked well. Morning tea with Morrie's wife (Christine's) 
home made biscuits and fruit cake and then lunch with bread rolls filled with 
thick slices of Morrie's famous pressed beef tongue and salad were impressive. 


 

Soon we were heading south but from the start, Morrie was concerned about our 
wish to reach Pedra Branca, as the weather forecast was for gale force winds 
and a four metre plus swells. He decided to head as far around the coast as 
possible on the first day and so he managed to reach Port Davey that night, a 
welcome respite from the large, following swell. On the way Morrie caught two 
tuna, one of which was so large, he was tempted to cut it loose as he struggled 
to bring it in. The coastal scenery along the way was magnificent with close 
views of untouched bushland, high cliffs and rugged mountains. Other boats 
anchored in Bramble Cove were grateful to receive newspapers that Morrie threw 
to them as we arrived. He seemed to know everyone. 


 

The weather forecast promised deteriorating conditions for the next few days so 
Morrie felt we could afford a few days pottering around in the inland waters of 
Port Davey. We motored as far as possible up to Melaleuca and then transferred 
to the tender dinghy for the last, winding leg up to the home of Jeff and Janet 
Fenton, greeting them with fresh crayfish as a "passport". From there we walked 
to the bird feeding station where we were treated to great views of 15 
Orange-bellied Parrots, 20 Firetail Finch, a Striated Fieldwren, a Tasmanian 
Scrubwren, a Ground Parrot and a Southern Emu-wren. That night, tuna steaks 
were on the menu followed by Gravenstein apple crumble from the Wolf garden. 


 

Morrie had intended to take us up the Davey River to look for the Azure 
Kingfisher on day three but during the night there was heavy rain that he knew 
had flattened out the swell so he made a quick change of plan. The weather 
forecast was for a 2 to 3 day gale that would have kept us in Port Davey but we 
now had a 12-hour window to escape. Leaving early after hauling up some 
crayfish, we headed past Maatsuyker Island for Recherche Bay with a dark storm 
hard on our heels. Here we joined other boats taking shelter but the worst of 
the weather further south was to come the following day, trapping those who had 
lingered. 


 

As our passengers were a hardy lot, despite the 3m swells, Morrie decided to 
make an attempt at reaching the continental shelf the following morning. He 
headed due east, past Bruny Island, across the notorious Storm Bay, to Tasman 
Peninsula and Safety Cove. Here the jetty at Port Arthur was a safe anchorage 
for an entrée of half a crayfish each followed later by tuna steaks after a 
group of us had sneaked off to look unsuccessfully for the Masked Owls by the 
light of a glorious full moon. Others stayed behind to try some squid fishing 
from the jetty without success except for Morrie who caught a couple while 
showing them how to do it! 


 

To Chrissie's disappointment, these squid proved useful the following day, day 
five, when we headed out to the edge of the continental shelf east of Tasman 
Island and then north for several kilometres for a brief burley stop before 
being chased back by another threatening storm. As there had been no time at 
Port Davey for Morrie to catch a shark as he had planned, our burley was very 
limited in quality and quantity, perhaps explaining the lack of diversity of 
pelagic birds. Morrie timed our return from the shelf perfectly, lingering near 
Visscher Island while Chrissie managed to bake a batch of savoury scones as we 
retreated to Blackman Bay and shelter at Dunalley. Here we dined on Chrissie's 
secret battered fish recipe while tied securely to the jetty. 


 

Dunalley is slowly recovering from the devastating fires, which were still 
obvious a year later from the water. The passage through the canal, hand dug by 
convicts, went smoothly as the traffic was stopped for us to go past the opened 
bridge. Chrissie served hot scones with home made apricot and raspberry jams as 
we crossed Frederick Henry Bay. Travelling past various small islands, 
extensive beaches and cliffs gave us an interesting perspective on this 
magnificent, fairly untouched coastline that is not apparent from shore. From 
here we slipped around the Iron Pot, the second oldest light in Australia, now 
clad in scaffolding for restoration work. Then down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel 
between Bruny Island and Tinderbox Peninsula, admiring the historic old white 
and green pilot station houses opposite the entrance to the Derwent River where 
the old sailing ships arrived from Europe after many months at sea. 


 

Throughout the trip, Chrissie was fantastic, always alert to everyone's needs 
including the skipper's and quietly working in the background. The high quality 
of the fresh home produce and the delicious meals prepared by cook Chrissie 
made every meal a special occasion. 


 

As a group, we all pitched in and helped when needed, looked out for each other 
and took turns taking notes on the birds. 


 

Arriving safely at Kettering, we knew that we had not reached Pedra Branca but 
that Morrie had managed to do more than would have otherwise been possible 
without his clever reading of the prevailing conditions. All were in grateful 
appreciation of Morrie's amazing seafaring skills learnt from years of 
experience. In addition his hospitality, warm personality and dedication to 
offering us a comfortable, interesting and exciting experience made this a trip 
of a lifetime. 


 

Els Wakefield
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Subject: A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia
From: Clive Nealon <clivenealon AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:57:14 +0800
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26969150
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Subject: Mulgoa birds
From: "Michael Hunter" <drmhunter AT westnet.com.au>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:25:28 +1000
Tues 7.30 am Mayfair Rd Mulgoa, five Pacific Bazas together. Gone by 8.30. Many 
other passerines passing through. 


                                    Michael
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Subject: Cyclone Ita
From: Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge <sootyowl AT bigpond.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:36:36 +1000
Hi Folks,
Thanks to all those people who expressed their concern for us for 
Cyclone Ita. We have just got our phones and internet connection on 
after nearly 3 days off. We got off lightly with lots of wind on Friday 
and Saturday nights which bought down at least 10 trees and took the 
tops out of another 15 or so.
Only one came down onto our roof along with a very large limb. Rainfall 
was just over 300mm with Bushy Creek flooding our orchard to nearly 2m, 
luckily we had removed our water pump the day before otherwise it would 
have gone under. The last two days have been on the wrong end of a chain 
saw and rake trying to make the place presentable. Anyway we are OK and 
getting back to normal.

Cheers,
Keith & Lindsay.

-- 
     Keith & Lindsay Fisher
     Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
     RN 6 Mt. Kooyong Road
     Julatten QLD 4871
     Ph : (07) 4094 1263
     Web Site: www.birdwatchers.com.au
     Blog: http://kingfisherparkbirdwatchers.blogspot.com/


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Subject: Re: Yahoo email addresses
From: Dave Torr <davidtorr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:59:00 +1000
Helen - it is a good idea to change passwords if the sites you were using
were compromised and have fixed the problem (Yahoo I believe was one of
them). It is no good however changing passwords on a compromised site if
the problem is not fixed as your new password is then also at risk.
There are various sites you can google which claim to show sites which are
at risk - I guess all the major ones are fixed now.


On 15 April 2014 10:55, Helen Larson  wrote:

> Have now got an outlook account going for birding-aus, so messages from me
> will appear as fregatahkl AT outlook.com - will be deleting this yahoo
> account as soon as I have checked it's not linked to anything else. Outlook
> webmail seems very good and easy to organise.
>
> I also spent some time changing a bunch of passwords after a IT-nerdy
> friend advised it was a good idea due to the heartbleed bug (he also said
> it may not do any good but anything helps).
> Helen
>
> <')//////==<
>
>
> On Monday, 14 April 2014, 11:18, Russell Woodford 
> wrote:
>
> Hi Helen
>
> We're hoping the other webmail superpowers don't follow suit - it will
> quickly bring about the death of mailing lists if that's the case.
>
> As for your personal archive, if it is on webmail, then it's just as easy
> to search our own archive. It has ALL messages, and it is a very useful
> resource. I'm about to use it to find where to go birding while I am in KL!
>
> Kind regards
>
> Russell
>
>
>
>
> On 13 April 2014 14:19, Helen Larson  wrote:
>
> thanks Russell,
> >   Have just been doing some reading on this, doesn't sound promising.
> >
> >   So have just set up a nice new outlook account (I already have two
> other email accounts, one for fish and one for everything else but I need a
> separate one just for all the birding-aus conversations).
> >  I suppose I will need to subscribe again to birding-aus? then figure
> out how to migrate all the useful conversations I have kept....
> >Helen
> >
> ><')/////==<
> >
> >On Sunday, 13 April 2014, 14:01, Peter Shute  wrote:
> >
> >I found some suggestions for how to do it here, but I haven't tried it
> yet:
> >http://m.wikihow.com/Contact-Yahoo
> >
> >I don't know how old that page is,
>  and whether the methods still work.
> >
> >Peter Shute
> >
> >Sent from my iPad
> >
> >> On 13 Apr 2014, at 1:12 pm, "Sonja Ross"  wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi Russell,
> >>
> >> Thanks for letting us know about this.
> >>
> >> I have a Yahoo account which I use as my main one, and I would send
> feedback to Yahoo as it would be very inconvenient, but how does one do
> this?  Getting touch with free services doesn't seem to be easy!
> >>
> >> Sonja
> >>
> >>
> >>> On 13/04/2014, at 1:02 PM, Russell Woodford 
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Hi all
> >>>
> >>> Yahoo have recently made some under-the-hood changes to its email
> service. Essentially, it is telling OTHER email servers to reject messages
> from Yahoo accounts if the sending mail server is not Yahoo.
> >>>
> >>> What this potentially means is that if someone sends a message to
> Birding-Aus from a Yahoo account, all other mail servers will be told to
> reject the message because it comes from birding-aus.org and not
> Yahoo.com. Eventually this might mean that many of those incoming mail
> servers will block birding-aus.org and finally that address will get
> blacklisted right across the internet.
> >>>
> >>> Experts in the mailing list world have
>  responded with some concern that this move by Yahoo may
>  render mailing lists inoperable.
> >>>
> >>> We will wait to see what happens. Yahoo have broken an internet
> standard by doing this so they may relent. Or they may say they are big
> enough to ignore accepted internet policy. If they do this then we may have
> to block Yahoo accounts from send messages to birding-aus - this may happen
> with most lists. I'd suggest Yahoo account holders send feedback to Yahoo.
> Or get another we mail address.
> >>>
> >>> Regards
> >>>
> >>> Russell Woodford
> >>> birding-aus owner
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Yahoo email addresses
From: Helen Larson <gobywan2001 AT yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:55:16 +0100 (BST)
Have now got an outlook account going for birding-aus, so messages from me will 
appear as fregatahkl AT outlook.com - will be deleting this yahoo account as soon 
as I have checked it's not linked to anything else. Outlook webmail seems very 
good and easy to organise. 


I also spent some time changing a bunch of passwords after a IT-nerdy friend 
advised it was a good idea due to the heartbleed bug (he also said it may not 
do any good but anything helps). 

Helen

<')//////==<


On Monday, 14 April 2014, 11:18, Russell Woodford  wrote:
 
Hi Helen

We're hoping the other webmail superpowers don't follow suit - it will quickly 
bring about the death of mailing lists if that's the case. 


As for your personal archive, if it is on webmail, then it's just as easy to 
search our own archive. It has ALL messages, and it is a very useful resource. 
I'm about to use it to find where to go birding while I am in KL! 


Kind regards

Russell




On 13 April 2014 14:19, Helen Larson  wrote:

thanks Russell,
>   Have just been doing some reading on this, doesn't sound promising.
>
>   So have just set up a nice new outlook account (I already have two other 
email accounts, one for fish and one for everything else but I need a separate 
one just for all the birding-aus conversations). 

>  I suppose I will need to subscribe again to birding-aus? then figure out how 
to migrate all the useful conversations I have kept.... 

>Helen
>
><')/////==<
>
>On Sunday, 13 April 2014, 14:01, Peter Shute  wrote:
> 
>I found some suggestions for how to do it here, but I haven't tried it yet:
>http://m.wikihow.com/Contact-Yahoo
>
>I don't know how old that page is,
 and whether the methods still work.
>
>Peter Shute
>
>Sent from my iPad
>
>> On 13 Apr 2014, at 1:12 pm, "Sonja Ross"  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Russell,
>> 
>> Thanks for letting us know about this.
>> 
>> I have a Yahoo account which I use as my main one, and I would send feedback 
to Yahoo as it would be very inconvenient, but how does one do this?  Getting 
touch with free services doesn't seem to be easy! 

>> 
>> Sonja
>> 
>> 
>>> On 13/04/2014, at 1:02 PM, Russell Woodford  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi all
>>> 
>>> Yahoo have recently made some under-the-hood changes to its email service. 
Essentially, it is telling OTHER email servers to reject messages from Yahoo 
accounts if the sending mail server is not Yahoo. 

>>> 
>>> What this potentially means is that if someone sends a message to 
Birding-Aus from a Yahoo account, all other mail servers will be told to reject 
the message because it comes from birding-aus.org and not Yahoo.com. Eventually 
this might mean that many of those incoming mail servers will block 
birding-aus.org and finally that address will get blacklisted right across the 
internet. 

>>> 
>>> Experts in the mailing list world have
 responded with some concern that this move by Yahoo may
 render mailing lists inoperable. 
>>> 
>>> We will wait to see what happens. Yahoo have broken an internet standard by 
doing this so they may relent. Or they may say they are big enough to ignore 
accepted internet policy. If they do this then we may have to block Yahoo 
accounts from send messages to birding-aus - this may happen with most lists. 
I'd suggest Yahoo account holders send feedback to Yahoo. Or get another we 
mail address. 

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Subject: YTBCs
From: Robin and Rupert Irwin <rrdjm AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:15:32 +1000
About 25 YTBCs flying over our property in Torquay yesterday for some time. Do 
they spend winter in another area and were they gathering in readiness to 
leave? We don't see them in the winter. 

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Subject: Re: Field guides for Kenya and Madagascar
From: Sonja Ross <sonja.ross7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:27 +1000
Thank you very much to all those who responded. I will have a better look later 
in the day and see what I think. 


Sonja


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Subject: Southport - Saturday 19th April 2014 - one space still available.
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:47:39 +0000
All,
We still have one spot available for Saturday's regular pelagic out of 
Southport, SEQ. 

No - sorry - we're not going back to the Sea Mounts this weekend - but you 
never know what we might see off this coast! 

Paul is off line this week so you'll need to call him if you'd like this last 
place. (Paul Walbridge - 07 3256 4124) 

Thanks


Rob Morris 

 

Brisbane, Australia 


 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Field guides for Kenya and Madagascar
From: Steve Clark <bukoba.steve AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:08:30 +1000
G’day Sonja

The "Birds of East Africa" by Stevenson and Fanshawe is the standard guide I 
believe. It is not perfect but mostly fine. It is also available as an 
iPhone/iPad app. There is another book that covers Kenya and northern Tanzania 
but I haven’t seen it. My favourite however is "Birds of Africa South of the 
Sahara" by Sinclair and Ryan. It is more up to date than S&F. 


I would take S&F on your iphone/ipada and the S&R book.

For Madagascar I’m only aware of “Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands” by 
Sinclair and Langrand. I think there was recently a new edition. Mine was 
published in 2003. It is a nice small field guide. 


Cheers
Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic


On 14 Apr 2014, at 8:55 pm, Sonja Ross  wrote:

> It looks as if we may be having a trip to these countries later this year, so 
I'd be grateful for thoughts on which are the best field guides for them. I had 
a quick look on the net and it didn't seem as if there were good apps 
available, though I'd be happy to be disillusioned about that! 

> 
> Thanks,
> 
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Subject: Field guides for Kenya and Madagascar
From: Sonja Ross <sonja.ross7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:55:04 +1000
It looks as if we may be having a trip to these countries later this year, so 
I'd be grateful for thoughts on which are the best field guides for them. I had 
a quick look on the net and it didn't seem as if there were good apps 
available, though I'd be happy to be disillusioned about that! 


Thanks,

Sonja
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Subject: World ranking tracks evolutionary distinctness of birds
From: Laurie Knight <l.knight AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:19:54 +1000
"The world's first ranking of evolutionary distinct birds under threat of 
extinction has been published by a team of international scientists. These 
birds include a cave-dwelling bird that is so oily it can be used as a lamp and 
a bird that has claws on its wings and a stomach like a cow. The new rankings 
will be used in a major conservation initiative called the Edge of Existence 
program at the London Zoo. The zoo has already identified several species like 
the huge monkey-eating Philippine eagle that are at once distinct, endangered, 
and suffer from lack of attention.” 


See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140410141939.htm
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Subject: SE SA & SW Vic: Counters and sightings wanted for Red-tail Cocky Count
From: colin trainor <halmahera AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:19:00 +0930
		    			Counters and sightings wanted for Red-tail Annual Count
		    			
		    			
		    			
 
http://birdlife.org.au/media/counters-and-sightings-wanted-for-red-tailed-black-cockatoo-annual-count/ 


		

		    			
		    		
		    		
		    				    		

	
				    	
				
	14 April 2014


	BirdLife Australia and the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo 
Recovery Team are urging the public to get involved in this year’s 
annual count for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo,
 which will be held on Saturday 3 May.


	“Each year we rely on a wonderful team of volunteers to help search for
 the cockatoos in stringybark habitats across their range in the South 
East of South Australia and South West Victoria,” said Bronwyn Perryman,
 Project Coordinator of the Recovery Program.


	Volunteers who register for the count will be allocated an area in 
stringybark forest, where they can drive along forest tracks and stop to
 listen for the birds’ distinctive calls. “We are also encouraging 
landholders with stringybark on their property to join in the fun and 
register to search their own land on the day,” continued Bronwyn.




	Search areas are scattered from Keith to Mount Gambier in South 
Australia and Nelson to Little Desert National Park in Victoria. You can
 request a particular area to search when you register, or nominate to 
search your own property.


	Our only recommendation is that you travel in a 4WD, as most sites 
contain at least some sandy or muddy tracks, but if you are in a 2WD, 
let us know when you register and we’ll find a suitable site for you.




	For those new to the count or would like some more information on how 
to search for Red-tails we will again be holding an annual count 
training session in Casterton on the morning of the count, starting at 
9:00 am (local time) for a quick chat, followed by a short drive to a 
spot where Red-tails have been seen recently.




	The success of the count relies heavily on sighting information we 
receive in the lead up to the count. “We need as many sightings as 
possible over the next three weeks so that we can strategically place 
volunteers in areas where birds are currently known to be feeding. This 
will help maximise the number of birds counted on Saturday 3 May.”




 If you see Red-tails from now on please report all sightings to 1800 262 062 
or email redtail AT birdlife.org.au. 



	Last year 1118 cockatoos were counted by our team of volunteers. “The
 Recovery Team values the incredible effort of all our volunteers, many 
of whom return year after year from as far away as Melbourne and 
Adelaide to search for the birds in their favourite haunts,” said 
Bronwyn.


	Although we can’t guarantee you’ll see a Red-tail on the day, we’re 
sure you’ll enjoy a fun day out in the bush searching for these 
charismatic cockatoos.




 If you would like to register for the count please contact Bronwyn Perryman on 
1800 262 062 or email redtail AT birdlife.org.au. 



	
		MEDIA CONTACT


 Bronwyn Perryman, BirdLife Australia’s South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo 
Recovery Project Coordinator 


	T 0438 317 024            E bronwyn.perryman AT birdlife.org.au 		 	   		  
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Subject: Longreach RFI
From: <Eric.Vanderduys AT csiro.au>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:34:11 +0000
Hi All, 

I'm just wondering if anyone out there has reasonable local knowledge of 
Longreach (Qld) birds or contacts for same? I'm specificaly after birds in and 
around the town itself, and this is not so I can look for localities to find 
things, but rather, seeking assistance on urban bird occurrences. 


Any assistance would be much appreciated - please contact me off-list either by 
email or mobile (below). 


Regards, 

Eric Vanderduys
Technical Officer
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Phone: +61 7 4753 8529 | Fax: +61 7 4753 8600 | Mobile: 0437 330 961 
eric.vanderduys AT csiro.au | www.csiro.au | 
www.csiro.au/people/Eric.Vanderduys.html 

Address: CSIRO, PMB PO, Aitkenvale, Qld 4814. Deliveries: CSIRO, ATSIP, Bld 145 
James Cook Drive, James Cook University Douglas Campus, Townsville Qld 4814, 
AUSTRALIA 


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Subject: A New Look At Murmuration ...
From: "Tony Lawson" <tlawson AT homemail.com.au>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:59:58 +1000
         http://www.youtube.com/embed/88UVJpQGi88

         

        The 2 follow ups are really worth watching too.



 It is all a big promo for a terrific looking Bird DVD which is out soon. 




        But a warning.

 Although the photography is great, it is all intended to push the intelligent 
design message. 



        Tony



         
       
         
       

 

 

 

 

 
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Subject: Re: Bird-a-Day
From: Gary Davidson <gsd37 AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:26:43 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Julian,
I'm actually not surprised that, "... while clicking on “Canada” produces 
nothing...."  If you consider that January 1st is mid-winter in Canada, making 
it through to spring with a bird-a-day would be very difficult in most of 
Canada. I suspect it could be done in south coastal British Columbia, but 
likely not anywhere else. Where I live, in southeastern BC, I doubt there are 
enough birds around in the winter to make it even to the end of February. Now 
if we could start our year on March 1st, we'd be able to make a go of it, but 
once again, we'd be in trouble in the last three months! 

Gary Davidson
Nakusp, BC
Canada
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:06:26 PM, Julian Bielewicz 
 wrote: 

  
Greetings All

A little late in the coming but I am in the process of adjusting to life as a 
retired, rather than an active, teacher and my timing remains somewhat askew.  
I should be near perfect by 1500 hours [3pm] on Friday 25 April [ANZAC Day] 
2014, the date of my “official” retirement; 

 given the summer vacation and long-service leave I haven’t actually been in 
a classroom since mid-December 2013. 


For those involved in Trey Mitchell’s BIRD-A-DAY challenge, last Thursday 
[when this should have been posted] was something of at least a minor landmark 
– the 100th day of the year, 100 different species seen on each day of 
2014.  Yes, a gimmick and while I don’t usually involve myself in birding 
gimmicks I needed a laugh to herald in my approaching dotage. 


As of yesterday [102 birds] there are four of us [Australians] running to form, 
another two [including Russell Woodford who made something of a dramatic 
comeback onto the lists] are currently only one bird behind but that almost 
undoubtedly means that they yet to register their bird for Saturday.  A 
further two challengers stand on 100 birds with another four Australians toting 
scores in the 90s. 


On global terms, Mike Hooper of Singapore continues to
 rule the roost – always assuming that the top, left-hand spot equates to 
Numero Uno in the competition.  It is perhaps interesting to note that four of 
the six challengers around the world currently sporting 102 birds are 
Australians [Eleanor Marr of Florida being the other 102-er]. 


Mind you, the global composition of the challengers is perhaps worthy of a 
comment.  In essence, BIRD-A-DAY appears to be fundamentally an America vs 
Australia affair – with a few anomalies thrown in for good measure.  There 
is only one UK entrant, Roy Filleul of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands; the 
afore-mentioned Mike Hooper is the sole Singaporean entrant, indeed, the sole 
Asian entrant while clicking on “Canada” produces nothing.  No Kiwis, no 
South Africans or other Europeans. 


Who will still be there on 19 July, the 200th day, the 200th different bird?

Cheers

Julian

P.S. those of you kind enough to have
 followed my inane ramblings through Allen Road, Birding the South Burnett and 
even Birding Beyond the Pale [all now asleep] might like to follow the 
relentless drivel via Birder at Large: 


http://osprey2014.wordpress.com/
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Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
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Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
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Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
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Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
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Subject: Birdline South Australia Weekly Update
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Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
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Subject: Birdline Cocos Keeling Islands Weekly Update
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Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
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Subject: Re: Bird-a-Day
From: "Julian Bielewicz" <osprey AT bordernet.com.au>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:59:43 +1000
Greetings Martin

Yes, I agree, it is always of intense interest learning what other birders 
[often referred to by the general public as “nutters”] are up to. 


While my “official” retirement occurs on 25 April, as I said earlier, what 
with the long 2013/14 summer vacation, followed by long-service leave up until 
25 April, I have effectively been in retirement since 13 December 2013. And 
you’re right, the concept of the “weekend” flew out of the window. 


Rather than “miss” the routine of school I find I have managed to squeeze 
in a little more birding, especially noticeable since the end of January 2014 
when I would ordinarily have gone back into the usual school routine. 


I think I recall becoming aware of the Bird-a-Day challenge via a posting on 
this forum and decided it might keep me from becoming bored – I was, at that 
time, still “employed” by Education Queensland and had heard that retired 
teachers soon miss the classroom and fade away. Fay and I opened the year as we 
have become accustomed to open every year over the past few years, a visit to 
nearby Boat Mountain. It has two advantages: the local avifauna is very good 
and it’s a steep, very steep, uphill climb – good for my diabetes. 


We [and in spite of only my moniker being on the lists, it is a joint effort 
with Fay, my better three-quarters] started the challenge with a Black-breasted 
Button-quail. Matters went well from there on in, although I doubt that we 
would have lasted so long had we now not both been retired with the time on our 
hands to venture forth a little in pursuit of birds. 

Like you, Martin, I have managed to retain intact most of our “savers”; 
indeed, we have two categories of “savers”: our Class 1 “savers”, the 
Torresian Crow, Rainbow Lorikeet, etc. which are constant visitors to the 
property and our Class 2 “savers”, birds a little beyond the front gate but 
which are reliable and can be added further down the calendar. 

April should be straight-forward enough and May should provide few problems 
whatsoever as Fay and I will be in the UK and even the humble Chaffinch will 
count as a different bird for one of those 31 days. Following a month in 
Scotland [one week on the Isle of Mull in continuing pursuit of that elusive 
Golden Eagle] and England we venture out to – believe it or not, Singapore 
for a few days before returning home. 

The second week of June may be more problematic but hopefully that 200th bird 
looming up in July should be sufficient a spur to encourage us. 

On the other hand, should Fay and I fall by the wayside, well, the birds are 
still there and we will continue to add new locations to our growing list of 
potential birding places, or simply continue to enjoy those birds that visit us 
on our small rural-residential block. 

Cheers
Julian 
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Subject: Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest
From: "Birdpedia - Australia Info" <info AT birdpedia.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:05:08 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, April 7, 2014 to Sunday, April 13, 2014: 


Area: SA

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Location: D'Estrees Bay K.I.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (2) osprey 1 adult bird in vincinity of nest. 
Juvenile bird [head and shoulders visible] in nest. 


Road closure over summer months has given relative peace for the ospreys to 
nest. sighting of the juvenile bird head and shoulders only, with my 500mm 
lens. 


Murray Lagoon is brim full, Timber creek walking path is under water.

Reported by: Heather Connolly on Thursday, April 10, 2014

---------------------------------------------

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Location: Kangaroo Island

Grey-tailed Tattler (Heteroscelus brevipes) (4) roosting at 'Tattler Point'; W 
side of Bay of Shoals, KI. 


Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus) (25) feeding across exposed tidal 
flat at Cape Rouge, Bay of Shoals, KI. 


Reported by: Chris Baxter on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Subject: GPS
From: John Harrisr <wildlifeexperiences AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:51:23 +1000
Hi All, 
Just thought I would ask you all for comments or recommendations on hand held 
gps models. I am looking to update my old etrex to something modern with maps 
etc. 


Am looking for something that's reliable with good accuracy.

Any comments welcome.

John Harris
Director, Wildlife Experiences 
Melbourne.
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Subject: Fw: Yellow Wagtails have seen out Ita
From: "Alan Gillanders" <alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:00:51 +1000
I received the email below from Peter Tuck, operator of Tablelands Adventure 
Guides and the finder of these birds more than a month ago. 

Regards,
Alan

Alan's Wildlife Tours
2 Mather Road
Yungaburra 4884

Phone 07 4095 3784
Mobile 0408 953 786
http://www.alanswildlifetours.com.au/


From: TAG 
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:01 PM
To: Alan Gillanders 

Hi Alan still 3 Yellow wagtail at Riesens this am in spite of significant 
inundation of their former habitat!. P 

-- 


Tableland Adventure Guides
"Pure adventure in a pristine environment"
Mobile: +61 (0) 44 851 7979
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Subject: Re: Yahoo email addresses
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:21:29 +1000
Hi Russ,

If this little trick of Yahoo is publicised enough and sufficient people drop 
them as an email provider, they may relent. I dropped them years ago as an 
email provider and a search engine. Sure don't miss them. 


Car Clifford

> On 13 Apr 2014, at 13:02, Russell Woodford  wrote:
> 
> Hi all
> 
> Yahoo have recently made some under-the-hood changes to its email service. 
Essentially, it is telling OTHER email servers to reject messages from Yahoo 
accounts if the sending mail server is not Yahoo. 

> 
> What this potentially means is that if someone sends a message to Birding-Aus 
from a Yahoo account, all other mail servers will be told to reject the message 
because it comes from birding-aus.org and not Yahoo.com. Eventually this might 
mean that many of those incoming mail servers will block birding-aus.org and 
finally that address will get blacklisted right across the internet. 

> 
> Experts in the mailing list world have responded with some concern that this 
move by Yahoo may render mailing lists inoperable. 

> 
> We will wait to see what happens. Yahoo have broken an internet standard by 
doing this so they may relent. Or they may say they are big enough to ignore 
accepted internet policy. If they do this then we may have to block Yahoo 
accounts from send messages to birding-aus - this may happen with most lists. 
I'd suggest Yahoo account holders send feedback to Yahoo. Or get another we 
mail address. 

> 
> Regards 
> 
> Russell Woodford
> birding-aus owner
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Yahoo email addresses
From: Peter Shute <pshute AT nuw.org.au>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:59:55 +1000
I found some suggestions for how to do it here, but I haven't tried it yet:
http://m.wikihow.com/Contact-Yahoo

I don't know how old that page is, and whether the methods still work.

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

> On 13 Apr 2014, at 1:12 pm, "Sonja Ross"  wrote:
> 
> Hi Russell,
> 
> Thanks for letting us know about this.
> 
> I have a Yahoo account which I use as my main one, and I would send feedback 
to Yahoo as it would be very inconvenient, but how does one do this? Getting 
touch with free services doesn't seem to be easy! 

> 
> Sonja
> 
> 
>> On 13/04/2014, at 1:02 PM, Russell Woodford  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi all
>> 
>> Yahoo have recently made some under-the-hood changes to its email service. 
Essentially, it is telling OTHER email servers to reject messages from Yahoo 
accounts if the sending mail server is not Yahoo. 

>> 
>> What this potentially means is that if someone sends a message to 
Birding-Aus from a Yahoo account, all other mail servers will be told to reject 
the message because it comes from birding-aus.org and not Yahoo.com. Eventually 
this might mean that many of those incoming mail servers will block 
birding-aus.org and finally that address will get blacklisted right across the 
internet. 

>> 
>> Experts in the mailing list world have responded with some concern that this 
move by Yahoo may render mailing lists inoperable. 

>> 
>> We will wait to see what happens. Yahoo have broken an internet standard by 
doing this so they may relent. Or they may say they are big enough to ignore 
accepted internet policy. If they do this then we may have to block Yahoo 
accounts from send messages to birding-aus - this may happen with most lists. 
I'd suggest Yahoo account holders send feedback to Yahoo. Or get another we 
mail address. 

>> 
>> Regards 
>> 
>> Russell Woodford
>> birding-aus owner
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Yahoo email addresses
From: Sonja Ross <sonja.ross7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:10:29 +1000
Hi Russell,

Thanks for letting us know about this.

I have a Yahoo account which I use as my main one, and I would send feedback to 
Yahoo as it would be very inconvenient, but how does one do this? Getting touch 
with free services doesn't seem to be easy! 


Sonja


On 13/04/2014, at 1:02 PM, Russell Woodford  wrote:

> Hi all
> 
> Yahoo have recently made some under-the-hood changes to its email service. 
Essentially, it is telling OTHER email servers to reject messages from Yahoo 
accounts if the sending mail server is not Yahoo. 

> 
> What this potentially means is that if someone sends a message to Birding-Aus 
from a Yahoo account, all other mail servers will be told to reject the message 
because it comes from birding-aus.org and not Yahoo.com. Eventually this might 
mean that many of those incoming mail servers will block birding-aus.org and 
finally that address will get blacklisted right across the internet. 

> 
> Experts in the mailing list world have responded with some concern that this 
move by Yahoo may render mailing lists inoperable. 

> 
> We will wait to see what happens. Yahoo have broken an internet standard by 
doing this so they may relent. Or they may say they are big enough to ignore 
accepted internet policy. If they do this then we may have to block Yahoo 
accounts from send messages to birding-aus - this may happen with most lists. 
I'd suggest Yahoo account holders send feedback to Yahoo. Or get another we 
mail address. 

> 
> Regards 
> 
> Russell Woodford
> birding-aus owner
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Yahoo email addresses
From: Russell Woodford <rdwoodford AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:02:43 +0800
Hi all

Yahoo have recently made some under-the-hood changes to its email service. 
Essentially, it is telling OTHER email servers to reject messages from Yahoo 
accounts if the sending mail server is not Yahoo. 


What this potentially means is that if someone sends a message to Birding-Aus 
from a Yahoo account, all other mail servers will be told to reject the message 
because it comes from birding-aus.org and not Yahoo.com. Eventually this might 
mean that many of those incoming mail servers will block birding-aus.org and 
finally that address will get blacklisted right across the internet. 


Experts in the mailing list world have responded with some concern that this 
move by Yahoo may render mailing lists inoperable. 


We will wait to see what happens. Yahoo have broken an internet standard by 
doing this so they may relent. Or they may say they are big enough to ignore 
accepted internet policy. If they do this then we may have to block Yahoo 
accounts from send messages to birding-aus - this may happen with most lists. 
I'd suggest Yahoo account holders send feedback to Yahoo. Or get another we 
mail address. 


Regards 

Russell Woodford
birding-aus owner


Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Bird-a-Day
From: Martin Butterfield <martinflab AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:57:09 +1000
Good to hear from you Julian.  Its always nice to find out a little about
fellow striver's activities.

From personal experience, the process of adjustment to retirement will peak
in intensity for you about 1501 on 25/4/14.    This  will coincide with a
sharp decrease in relevance of other concepts such as 'weekend' or
'holiday'.

My bird-a-day routine got off to a good start with a number of unusual
birds turning up in the Canberra Region in Summer-Autumn.  A few short
trips away have also helped keeping the meter ticking over and I have still
got most of my savers intact.  (I have seen a few of the US people
commenting how '3 weeks in Costa Rica' saved their bacon.  A Canberra
colleague said he wasn't going to participate as the travel would be too
expensive!)

In terms of the geographic distribution of the other participants it is
very noticeable that many of the US based folk come from Florida: based on
one twitch it appeared that several off them live in the same suburb!
Looking at Russell Woodford's recent additions it is tempting to say he
should also be included under 'Singapore'!

I think I'll get through April quite easily but May is looking daunting.  I
have found the process great fun and will certainly fire up again next
year.  Assuming that I have flunked from the formal game by 1 July I intend
to start my own version then to see how close to December I can get: at
least it will be simple to tick the first return of of a species than
deciding which day to score a potentially departing migrant.

Martin Butterfield



Martin Butterfield
http://franmart.blogspot.com.au/


On 13 April 2014 08:06, Julian Bielewicz  wrote:

> Greetings All
>
> A little late in the coming but I am in the process of adjusting to life
> as a retired, rather than an active, teacher and my timing remains somewhat
> askew.  I should be near perfect by 1500 hours [3pm] on Friday 25 April
> [ANZAC Day] 2014, the date of my "official" retirement; given the summer
> vacation and long-service leave I haven't actually been in a classroom
> since mid-December 2013.
>
> For those involved in Trey Mitchell's BIRD-A-DAY challenge, last Thursday
> [when this should have been posted] was something of at least a minor
> landmark - the 100th day of the year, 100 different species seen on each
> day of 2014.  Yes, a gimmick and while I don't usually involve myself in
> birding gimmicks I needed a laugh to herald in my approaching dotage.
>
> As of yesterday [102 birds] there are four of us [Australians] running to
> form, another two [including Russell Woodford who made something of a
> dramatic comeback onto the lists] are currently only one bird behind but
> that almost undoubtedly means that they yet to register their bird for
> Saturday.  A further two challengers stand on 100 birds with another four
> Australians toting scores in the 90s.
>
> On global terms, Mike Hooper of Singapore continues to rule the roost -
> always assuming that the top, left-hand spot equates to Numero Uno in the
> competition.  It is perhaps interesting to note that four of the six
> challengers around the world currently sporting 102 birds are Australians
> [Eleanor Marr of Florida being the other 102-er].
>
> Mind you, the global composition of the challengers is perhaps worthy of a
> comment.  In essence, BIRD-A-DAY appears to be fundamentally an America vs
> Australia affair - with a few anomalies thrown in for good measure.  There
> is only one UK entrant, Roy Filleul of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands;
> the afore-mentioned Mike Hooper is the sole Singaporean entrant, indeed,
> the sole Asian entrant while clicking on "Canada" produces nothing.   No
> Kiwis, no South Africans or other Europeans.
>
> Who will still be there on 19 July, the 200th day, the 200th different
> bird?
>
> Cheers
>
> Julian
>
> P.S. those of you kind enough to have followed my inane ramblings through
> Allen Road, Birding the South Burnett and even Birding Beyond the Pale [all
> now asleep] might like to follow the relentless drivel via Birder at Large:
>
> http://osprey2014.wordpress.com/
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Subject: Bird-a-Day
From: "Julian Bielewicz" <osprey AT bordernet.com.au>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:06:03 +1000
Greetings All

A little late in the coming but I am in the process of adjusting to life as a 
retired, rather than an active, teacher and my timing remains somewhat askew. I 
should be near perfect by 1500 hours [3pm] on Friday 25 April [ANZAC Day] 2014, 
the date of my “official” retirement; given the summer vacation and 
long-service leave I haven’t actually been in a classroom since mid-December 
2013. 


For those involved in Trey Mitchell’s BIRD-A-DAY challenge, last Thursday 
[when this should have been posted] was something of at least a minor landmark 
– the 100th day of the year, 100 different species seen on each day of 2014. 
Yes, a gimmick and while I don’t usually involve myself in birding gimmicks I 
needed a laugh to herald in my approaching dotage. 


As of yesterday [102 birds] there are four of us [Australians] running to form, 
another two [including Russell Woodford who made something of a dramatic 
comeback onto the lists] are currently only one bird behind but that almost 
undoubtedly means that they yet to register their bird for Saturday. A further 
two challengers stand on 100 birds with another four Australians toting scores 
in the 90s. 


On global terms, Mike Hooper of Singapore continues to rule the roost – 
always assuming that the top, left-hand spot equates to Numero Uno in the 
competition. It is perhaps interesting to note that four of the six challengers 
around the world currently sporting 102 birds are Australians [Eleanor Marr of 
Florida being the other 102-er]. 


Mind you, the global composition of the challengers is perhaps worthy of a 
comment. In essence, BIRD-A-DAY appears to be fundamentally an America vs 
Australia affair – with a few anomalies thrown in for good measure. There is 
only one UK entrant, Roy Filleul of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands; the 
afore-mentioned Mike Hooper is the sole Singaporean entrant, indeed, the sole 
Asian entrant while clicking on “Canada” produces nothing. No Kiwis, no 
South Africans or other Europeans. 


Who will still be there on 19 July, the 200th day, the 200th different bird?

Cheers

Julian

P.S. those of you kind enough to have followed my inane ramblings through Allen 
Road, Birding the South Burnett and even Birding Beyond the Pale [all now 
asleep] might like to follow the relentless drivel via Birder at Large: 


http://osprey2014.wordpress.com/
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Subject: FW: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
From: "Tony Russell" <pratincole08 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:32:20 +0930



Yesterday at about 9.30 am on the barrage road at Goolwa (SA) , just past
and round the corner from the bird hide, we had six or seven brown quail
standing on the road in full view. As they saw our car they flew across the
road into the dunes where we watched them working their way through the very
low scrub.

Tony Russell and Burt May.

It's not every day one sees quail.


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Subject: Re: Cyclone Ita
From: <Eric.Vanderduys AT csiro.au>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:53:16 +0000
I reckon the unfortunates are the cassowaries that still don't have a proper 
forest left after Larry damage, then Yasi which underlined it in the southern 
Wet Tropics. Now along comes Ita and likely causes tonnes of damage to the 
northern Wet Tropics, and possibly moves south, putting more pressure on the 
southern end of the southern population. 


Eric

On 11/04/2014, at 6:15 PM, "martin cachard"  wrote:

> thanx Denise!!
> I just hope that the Cooktown residents are ok - that's where Ita will be 
hitting!! 

> also all those poor Black-winged Monarchs will get smashed too, since Cape 
Flattery is right in the target line of this huge storm!! 

> best wishes to Kath & Dave up in Cooktown, I hope u both hold on tight too!!
> 
> cheers,
> martin cachard
> cairns
> 0428 782 808
> 
> 
>> From: goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
>> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:20:30 +0930
>> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cyclone Ita
>> 
>> Our thoughts are with all those likely to be affected by Cyclone Ita. Stay 
safe. 

>> 
>> Denise and family
>> 
>> Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
>> PO Box 71
>> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
>> 
>> PhD candidate
>> Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  
>> goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
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Subject: Re: Cyclone Ita
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:00:35 +1030
in the aftermath of TC Ita, I have right now out the front of my top floor 
beachfront unit at Trinity Beach, 25kms north of Cairns, no less than 65 Lesser 
Frigatebirds on the cruise... 

awesome stuff with a huge thundering sea crashing in 50mtrs in front of me - 
what a pleasure it is to be alive!!!! invigorating stuff for sure !! 

cheers, 
martin cachard, 
cairns 0428 782 808 
 
From: goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Cyclone Ita
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:07:26 +0930
To: mcachard AT hotmail.com

I wondered whether you meant Kath Shercliff. Could you give her my best wishes? 
I haven’t seen her for years but remember her with fondness.Denise 


Denise Lawungkurr  GoodfellowPO Box 71Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
PhD candidateVice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au



On 11 Apr 2014, at 6:53 pm, Denise Goodfellow  
wrote:Really good to hear from you Martin. I hope the birds are okay as well. 

Denise



Denise Lawungkurr  GoodfellowPO Box 71Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
PhD candidateVice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au



On 11 Apr 2014, at 5:42 pm, martin cachard  wrote:thanx 
Denise!! 

I just hope that the Cooktown residents are ok - that's where Ita will be 
hitting!! 

also all those poor Black-winged Monarchs will get smashed too, since Cape 
Flattery is right in the target line of this huge storm!! 

best wishes to Kath & Dave up in Cooktown, I hope u both hold on tight too!!
 
cheers,
martin cachard
cairns
0428 782 808
 
 
> From: goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:20:30 +0930
> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cyclone Ita
> 
> Our thoughts are with all those likely to be affected by Cyclone Ita. Stay 
safe. 

> 
> Denise and family
> 
> Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
> 
> PhD candidate
> Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia 
> goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
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Subject: Re: Cyclone Ita
From: Denise Goodfellow <goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:53:58 +0930
Really good to hear from you Martin.  I hope the birds are okay as well. 

Denise


Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841

PhD candidate
Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  
goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au





On 11 Apr 2014, at 5:42 pm, martin cachard  wrote:

> thanx Denise!!
> I just hope that the Cooktown residents are ok - that's where Ita will be 
hitting!! 

> also all those poor Black-winged Monarchs will get smashed too, since Cape 
Flattery is right in the target line of this huge storm!! 

> best wishes to Kath & Dave up in Cooktown, I hope u both hold on tight too!!
>  
> cheers,
> martin cachard
> cairns
> 0428 782 808
>  
>  
> > From: goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
> > Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:20:30 +0930
> > To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cyclone Ita
> > 
> > Our thoughts are with all those likely to be affected by Cyclone Ita. Stay 
safe. 

> > 
> > Denise and family
> > 
> > Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
> > PO Box 71
> > Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
> > 
> > PhD candidate
> > Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia 
> > goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
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Subject: Re: Cyclone Ita
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:42:41 +1030
thanx Denise!!
I just hope that the Cooktown residents are ok - that's where Ita will be 
hitting!! 

also all those poor Black-winged Monarchs will get smashed too, since Cape 
Flattery is right in the target line of this huge storm!! 

best wishes to Kath & Dave up in Cooktown, I hope u both hold on tight too!!
 
cheers,
martin cachard
cairns
0428 782 808
 
 
> From: goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:20:30 +0930
> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Cyclone Ita
> 
> Our thoughts are with all those likely to be affected by Cyclone Ita. Stay 
safe. 

> 
> Denise and family
> 
> Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
> 
> PhD candidate
> Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  
> goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
> 
> 
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Subject: RFI, Birding in and around Canberra / ACT
From: "Philip Veerman" <pveerman AT pcug.org.au>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:49:22 +1000
Well I suggest he /she checks out the new Canberra Ornithologists Group
(COG) website www.canberrabirds.org.au . Lots of information there. We also
have several printed brochures of the appropriate sites.  I'm not going to
retype the obvious. Maybe also subscribe to the canberra birds email chat
list canberrabirds (see link above).  For endless up to the minute chat and
advice as to what is where, when our meetings and outings are and whatever
chat anyone feels like sending. 

Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
 
02 - 62314041
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus [mailto:birding-aus-bounces AT birding-aus.org] On Behalf Of
koljen AT iinet.net.au
Sent: Friday, 11 April 2014 1:16 PM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI, Birding in and around Canberra / ACT




	Hi, 

	A fellow birder from the UK will be coming to Australia and
attending meetings in Canberra in September, and wants to do some birding
while here.

	Can anyone recommend any good birding areas in or around Canberra /
ACT region.

	If someone can help out, his contact details are as follows:
robert.oats1 AT btinternet.com [1] 

	Many thanks in advance

	Col Heap (Perth)

	 

 

Links:
------
[1] mailto:robert.oats1 AT btinternet.com

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Subject: Ashmore Reef Cruise March/April 2014
From: "Mike Carter" <pterodroma AT bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:02:22 +1000
Kimberley Birdwatching's Inaugural Autumn Ashmore Expedition 26 March to 2 
April 2014 - Summary 


 

By Mike Carter, Adrian Boyle & George Swann (11 April 2014)

 

Trip Details.

The inaugural autumn expedition by Kimberley Birdwatching (KBW) to Ashmore Reef 
took place from 26 March to 2 April 2014. This followed the success of four 
research cruises to the area at this season conducted by Monash University. KBW 
has run 15 cruises to Ashmore in spring since 1996 and the itinerary for this 
trip was similar; i.e. an eight-day Broome-Ashmore-Lacepedes-Broome expedition 
organised by George Swann. The birding personnel were Alan Benson, Rob Benson, 
Darryel Binns (Biggles), Karen Blake, Neil Brown, Rae Clark, Lisa Cockram, 
Peter Cockram, Chris Hamilton, Rob Hamilton, Ian Halliday, Dick Holroyde, Judy 
Leitch, Chris Melrose, Sue Taylor & John Weigel. Two researchers from the 
Monash University Ashmore Monitoring team, Jarrod Hodgson & Rowan Mott were 
also present. The co-leaders were Adrian Boyle, George Swann & Mike Carter. Two 
'World Travel Destination Collectors', Roman Bruhwiler from Switzerland & Terry 
Last from the UK, were also aboard. 


Our boat/ship was the four-storey high, 35 m long, 12 m wide, MV 'Reef Prince'; 
complete with four tenders, skippered by Nick Linton assisted by a crew of 
five. 


 We sailed from the beach near Gantheaume Point in Broome on 26 March (Day 1) 
at 09.15 and spent the next two days and nights travelling at sea. We 
maintained a NW course throughout Day 1 cruising shelf waters up to 80 m deep. 
That night we changed our heading to NNE and spent most of Day 2 traversing 
continental shelf waters with depths of 400 to 600 m and as we approached Scott 
Reef towards nightfall, were in water over 1,000m deep. We stayed in deep water 
for most of the morning of Day 3 veering more easterly as we approached Ashmore 
Reef. By 12.30 we were in the lagoon having passed a naval vessel with its 
complement of customs staff anchored just beyond the entrance channel. 


For the next three nights (Days 3, 4 & 5), we were secure at the inner mooring 
(12ş14.35'S 122ş58.84'E) just off West Island. Most members of the party went 
ashore on West Island each morning and afternoon of those days. On Day 4, we 
circumnavigated Middle Island ferried there by our four dinghies but did not 
land. We also spent some time at the adjacent 'Horseshoe' sand bar viewing 
loafing shorebirds on the high tide. Day 5 we were ashore on East Island for 
~1.5 hours at high tide and spent an hour on Splittgerber Cay enthralled by 
massed shorebirds. 


After a last visit ashore on West Island, we released our mooring at Ashmore at 
09.17 on Day 6 (31 March) and sailed throughout the day on a SSE heading 
through waters of depths mostly 300-625 m. At 17.35 we changed course to 197ş. 
By dawn on Day 7, we were already over the shelf break on a direct course for 
the Lacepedes, traversing shelf waters decreasing in depth from 91 m to 26 m. 
We anchored off West Island, Lacepedes (16ş50'S 122ş07'E) well after dark. Next 
morning (2 April), we were ashore on West Island, Lacepedes, from 04.40 to 
08.00. Back aboard and tenders stowed, we sailed for Broome, disembarking on 
the beach where we had boarded 8 days ago (17ş58'S 122ş11'E) at 16.50. 


 Weather was hot and humid, generally with cloudless skies, nearly constant 
sunshine and little if any breeze. Sea conditions were generally smooth apart 
for a few hours on Day 7 when wave height reached 1.0 m. Boat movement was 
minimal allowing use of tripod mounted telescopes standing on the front deck! 


 

Observations

67 species of bird were positively identified: 30 seabirds, 22 shorebirds, 5 
waterbirds, 1 raptor and 11 landbirds. In addition, a small Snipe, either 
Swinhoe's or Pin-tailed, and a skulking reed-warbler (Acrocephalus spp.) was 
seen and well photographed on 28 March on West Island, Ashmore. There is a long 
list of potential reed-warblers that this bird might have been and while 
several of these can be eliminated and others including Oriental Reed Warbler 
are unlikely candidates, there is as yet no consensus as to its actual 
identity. There has been one similar bird seen here previously and future 
observations may resolve the matter. In the meantime, undoubtedly the greatest 
highlight of the trip was a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER that was present and 
photographed on 29 March. This is only the second time this species has been 
reported in Australia, and the first was seen only a few metres from the 
favoured haunt of this bird. 


For most of the time, whilst at sea a continuous log of position and faunal 
observations was recorded on 'Palm pilots' as well as manually. 


 At-sea highlights included 3 Jouanin's Petrels, these trips having provided 
all but one of the 20 previous Australian reports of this enigmatic species, 4 
Abbott's Boobies (more than on any previous trip) and a very confiding 
Red-necked Phalarope, our third record of this species. Others were Tahiti 
Petrel (2), Streaked Shearwater (332, our most ever), 280 Hutton's Shearwaters, 
and a remarkable 92 Bulwer's Petrels. 


 On-land seabird highlights at Ashmore Reef included 2 Lesser Noddies and 11 
breeding plumaged Roseate Terns. 


 In addition to the at-sea sighting of the Red-necked Phalarope, Shorebird 
highlights included 8 Asian Dowitchers at a high tide roost on Ashmore. 


 Landbird highlights on West Island, Ashmore, in addition to the two warblers 
mentioned above, included Oriental Cuckoo (up to 4 daily), Shining Bronze 
Cuckoo (up to 3 daily), Barn Swallow and an example of a Siberian race of 
Peregrine Falcon. The occurrence of Shining Bronze Cuckoos here is interesting, 
as we have never recorded them on their southern passage in spring, only on 
their northward trek in March/April. 


 The usual local tropical seabirds, Masked, Red-footed & Brown Boobies, Great & 
Lesser Frigatebirds, Common & Black Noddies, Bridled, Sooty, Great Crested, as 
well as White-winged Black, Common and Little Terns were seen. The first ten of 
these were in the early stages of nesting on Middle or/& East Islands, Ashmore. 
Many were also nesting or about to nest on the Lacepedes. On West Island, 
Ashmore, there were 19 Red-tailed Tropicbird nests, one White-tailed 
Tropicbird's nest and this species was prospecting at Middle & East Islands. 


 

 Whilst at sea, Cetaceans were much in evidence. We logged 14 pods of Spinner 
Dolphins totalling over 200 animals, those over shallower shelf waters being 
Dwarf Spinner Dolphins. We also saw 4 pods of Common Bottle-nosed Dolphins, a 
pod of 40 Short-finned Pilot Whales, 4 False Killer Whales and a single Sperm 
Whale. 


            

Other Critters including Green Turtles, adults and hatchlings, various sea 
snakes, 


Eels, numerous flying fish as well as various other fish including a sailfish 
that made spectacular leaps apparently attempting to dislodge a sucker fish, a 
flying squid and rays of various species including a Manta Ray, all added to 
the experience. 


 

Photos of many of the species mentioned above have or will be posted on 
http://www.pbase.com/wildlifeimages/vagrants (Adrian Boyle) and 
http://birdsnmore.smugmug.com/Ashmore-Reef (Robert Hamilton) 


 

This trip will be repeated next October. 

 

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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Subject: RFI, Birding in and around Canberra / ACT
From: koljen AT iinet.net.au
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:15:36 +0800

	Hi, 

	A fellow birder from the UK will be coming to Australia and attending
meetings in Canberra in September, and wants to do some birding while
here.

	Can anyone recommend any good birding areas in or around Canberra /
ACT region.

	If someone can help out, his contact details are as follows:
robert.oats1 AT btinternet.com [1] 

	Many thanks in advance

	Col Heap (Perth)

	 

 

Links:
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[1] mailto:robert.oats1 AT btinternet.com

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Subject: SYDNEY PELAGIC CANCELLED TOMORROW
From: "Roger McGovern" <roglou AT bigpond.net.au>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:47:27 +1000
Unfortunately, after a benign week of weather, the pelagic gods have sent in
a gale for tomorrow with 4 metre seas forecast by lunchtime. Consequently,
we have had to cancel tomorrow's pelagic trip.

We had not planned a May trip but, as a result of this cancellation, we have
decided to run a trip on Saturday 10 May and have confirmed the availability
of the vessel. Please e-mail Hal or myself at hepstein AT bigpond.net.au or
roglou AT bigpond.net.au to make your booking for May.

Thanks again for all your support - it is much appreciated.

Cheers

Roger McGovern

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Subject: Cyclone Ita
From: Denise Goodfellow <goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:20:30 +0930
Our thoughts are with all those likely to be affected by Cyclone Ita. Stay 
safe. 


Denise and family

Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841

PhD candidate
Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  
goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au





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Subject: Raptor Vs Squirrel Youtube Video
From: Chris Shaw <seashore AT internode.on.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:20:46 +0930
Hi,

I don’t usually forward links but this one is well worth seeing.
https://www.youtube.com/v/XBEyCr5AoIs

Chris Shaw
seashore AT internode.on.net
Mobile 0409 675912

My blog - "Top Birds and Everyfing" can be found on the following link 

http://topbirdsandeveryfing.typepad.com/top-birds-everyfing/

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Subject: A few other photos for a new book on Chinese birds?
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:18:58 +1000
Further to my email yesterday Dr Yang Liu us also after photos of:

Black-winged Pratincole

Red-collared Woodpecker

Red-billed Tropicbird

Small Buttonquail

The deadline is April 15th

>  please get in touch directly with him at the following email address:
> yangliubnu AT gmail.com

Rob Morris

Sent from my iPad

> On 10 Apr 2014, at 12:41, "robert morris"  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi there
> I have recently been helping Dr Yang Liu (Assoc. Prof. in Ecology and 
Evolution, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University) with some photos 
for a photographical guide to Chinese birds covering some 1400 species. 

> He has a seabird missing which I could not help him with - Leach's Storm 
Petrel. 

> If anyone can help him (Rohan Clarke, Adrian Boyle, Geoff Jones etc??) please 
get in touch directly with him at the following email address: 

> yangliubnu AT gmail.com
> These are his professional details:
> Dr. Yang Liu, Guangzhou, 510275, P.R. China+86 20 8411 4063 (phone), +86 20 
8411 0436 (fax), liuy353 AT mail.sysu.edu.cn 
(email)http://lifescience.sysu.edu.cn/main/default/welcome.aspxhttp://www.avian-ecoevol.com 

> 
> Thanks
> Rob Morris 
> 
> 
> 
> Brisbane, Australia 
> 
> 
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Subject: New approach to estimate seabird populations
From: Laurie Knight <l.knight AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:05:48 +1000
Estimating population size of a nocturnal burrow-nesting seabird using acoustic 
monitoring and habitat mapping. 


See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140409134736.htm


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Subject: On-line bird biology course
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:22:53 +1000
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has started an on bird biology course, " All 
About Bird Biology". It seems to be aimed at students and birding novices, but 
could be useful for anyone who want s to brush up their bird biology. The first 
part, on feathers, can be found at 
http://biology.allaboutbirds.org/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=7dd922b88f-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2014_4_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-7dd922b88f-301287057 


Carl Clifford
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Subject: Bird Deaths at Large Solar Generators - Problem
From: "Dean Cutten" <cut10dr AT activ8.net.au>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:37:55 +0930
Unfortunately the long URL got split into 2 lines. Whenever I have this
problem I cut & paste the 2 lines to make it one line in the browser. Not
sure why it got duplicated.

The link still works okay.

http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2014/04/07/birds-going-smoke
-brightsource-energys-ivanpah-project/7448299/

Dean


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Sent: Thursday, 10 April 2014 9:45 AM
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Subject: [Birding-Aus] Bird Deaths at Large Solar Generators

Thought readers might be interested in what happens  when birds and insects
fly into the intense solar flux path of these large generators:

 

 



http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2014/04/07/birds-going-smoke
-brightsource-energys-ivanpah-project/7448299/

 

 

Dean Cutten

 

Lower Inman Valley, SA

(Near Victor Harbor)

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Subject: Photos of Leach's Storm-Petrel for a new book on Chinese birds?
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:48:22 +0000
Hi there
I have recently been helping Dr Yang Liu (Assoc. Prof. in Ecology and 
Evolution, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University) with some photos 
for a photographical guide to Chinese birds covering some 1400 species. 

He has a seabird missing which I could not help him with - Leach's Storm 
Petrel. 

If anyone can help him (Rohan Clarke, Adrian Boyle, Geoff Jones etc??) please 
get in touch directly with him at the following email address: 

yangliubnu AT gmail.com
These are his professional details:
Dr. Yang Liu, Guangzhou, 510275, P.R. China+86 20 8411 4063 (phone), +86 20 
8411 0436 (fax), liuy353 AT mail.sysu.edu.cn 
(email)http://lifescience.sysu.edu.cn/main/default/welcome.aspxhttp://www.avian-ecoevol.com 


Thanks
Rob Morris 

 

Brisbane, Australia 


 		 	   		  
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Subject: Bird Deaths at Large Solar Generators
From: "Dean Cutten" <cut10dr AT activ8.net.au>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:45:25 +0930
Thought readers might be interested in what happens  when birds and insects
fly into the intense solar flux path of these large generators:

 

 

http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2014/04/07/birds-going-smoke
-brightsource-energys-ivanpah-project/7448299/

 

 

Dean Cutten

 

Lower Inman Valley, SA

(Near Victor Harbor)

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Subject: Re: Grey Shrike-thrush
From: Denise Goodfellow <goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:49:27 +0930
 This is the entry from Annotated List of the Birds of the Top End (Thompson 
and Goodfellow). Hence my concern. 

Range and status: moderately common in open forest and wooded gullies across 
the region but rather local in the northern coastal areas and absent from 
Darwin. Storr includes Melville lsland and Groote Eylandt, with breeding from 
October to February. Atlas has record from Groote Eylandt but not Gove area. 


 

Records: Occurs near Darwin on road to Middle Arm, at Manton Dam, at Litchfield 
Park. Rather sparsely distributed in the VRD area, 1976-77. Quite common in 
Kakadu around Koongarra, Nourlangie Rock and Nawulandja as well as in open 
forest along the Kakadu Highway. Carrying material near Cooinda and near 
Nourlangie Rock, November 1985. Recorded near Borroloola, October 1989. 
Recorded at Mt Todd, 1989-90. Records from Jasper Gorge, Keep River NP and VRD 
area but seems to be rather scarce in the western sector. 



Denise


On 7 Apr 2014, at 2:41 pm, Denise Goodfellow  wrote:

> Is there anything on the recent status of Grey Shrike-thrush in the Top End? 
I’ve rarely heard, or seen them in the last few years. 

> 
> Thanks
> 
> Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
> 
> PhD candidate
> Vice-chair Wildlife Tourism Australia  
> goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 

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Subject: RFI Abrolhos
From: Dave Torr <davidtorr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:26:52 +1000
Hi

I am planning a Perth-Broome trip in Sept with some friends. Is this a
suitable time of year to look for Lesser Noddy and if so any suggestions on
getting to/from the Abrolhos?

Thanks

Dave
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Subject: RFI Hawker S.A.
From: brian fleming <flambeau AT labyrinth.net.au>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:15:26 +1000
I would like to know if there are any good bird locations within 
day-trip range from Hawker.

Anthea Fleming
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Subject: Re: Birding in Victoria
From: Andrew Hobbs <pardalote AT iinet.net.au>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:30 +0800
Hi,

Thanks to all those who replied with their suggestions.

I have a fair number of sites to visit now on the list.  Obviously too 
many to visit in one short trip.  We will have to return, so roll on 
retirement and we can become grey nomads.

Cheers

Andrew


On 8/04/2014 1:35 PM, Janine Duffy wrote:
> Hi Andrew
>
> I agree with Ed and was about to write the same sort of thing. You 
> Yangs is fantastic - you can drive in via the main gate on Branch Rd 
> anytime after 7 am. Good birds near the main carpark. Also worth 
> trying the East Flat/Branding Yard Road and track area - access by 
> foot from Toynes Rd gate, or drive the whole Great Circle Drive. 
> You'll see out all on the Parks map. I've found the area just south of 
> Toynes Road gate really good, especially East boundary track and an 
> unnamed track that leads north west from a small dam on east boundary 
> track. This track will get you back to Great circle drive.
>
> Serendip is really worth a visit too, especially if you take the time 
> to walk around the whole billabong. Park gate opens about 8 am.
>
> Brisbane Ranges NP is also not far, and great for Spotted 
> Quail-thrush. I've had great success with them at this time of year in 
> several parts of the park - email me back if you want details.
>
> Janine
>
> Sent from my Motorola RAZR™ M on the Telstra Next G™ Network
>
>
> Ed Williams  wrote:
>
> Hi Andrew,
> As you are in Point Cook you are perfect location for a lot of good 
> sites - notably you'll only be 20 minutes from the majestic Western 
> Treatment Plant, which even now that a lot of the shorebirds have gone 
> is a stunning place to visit and you should pick up lots of species.
> You can pick up a day pass/key and map from the Werribee office of 
> Melbourne water - info available on their website.  Great for all 
> sorts of wetland, coastal and farmland species.
> 
http://www.melbournewater.com.au/getinvolved/activities/birdwatching/pages/birdwatching.aspx 

>
> Only thing would be getting hold of the key as I am not sure how early 
> they open their office to pick one up.
> Point Cook itself has some good spots for birding with Point Cook 
> coastal park (recent home of the American Golden Plover [tbc]) and 
> Cheetham Wetlands on your doorsteps.
> Inland - but still only 20 minutes drive away the You Yangs is another 
> lovely spot - with some good dry forest species (Choughs, Robins, 
> Speckled Warbler, Diamond Firetail, interesting Honeyeaters, etc) - 
> along with Koalas and Eastern Grey Kangaroos. And nearby is the 
> Serendip sanctuary (which though I have never visited I am told has 
> some good birding too).
> Do you have any specific targets or habitats?  Basically apart from 
> rainforest habitat Point Cook is a great spot in terms of closeness to 
> most other habitats in the Melbourne area.
> If you can get your hands on a copy of Tim Dolby's book on Where to 
> See Birds in Victoria that would help you too.
> http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6518.htm
> All the best,
> Ed
>
> Ed Williams, Kingsville, VIC
>
> > Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:42:11 +0800
> > From: pardalote AT iinet.net.au
> > To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Victoria
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > Jill and I will be flying over from Perth to visit relatives in
> > Melbourne.  We are staying in Point Cook for a week from Friday 11th to
> > Thurs 17th.  We have only ever been to Victoria in transit to somewhere
> > else.
> >
> > Can anybody recommend some good birding spots for this time of the year
> > within a reasonable distance. We should be able to get away several
> > times during the week, particularly early mornings.
> >
> > Thanks for any help.
> > Cheers
> >
> > Andrew
> >
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Subject: Spangled Drongos at Merimbula
From: sue romane <seromane AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 01:45:38 +0000


Three Spangled Drongos seen at the footbridge in Berrambool, Merimbula in 
overcast conditions this morning. 

Sue Romane
 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: South Polar Skua LHI
From: Tobias Hayashi <tobiashayashi AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:32:54 +1000
Hi all,
Put this on birdline but thought I would post it here too. Had one pale-ish 
intermediate morph South Polar Skua halfway between Lord Howe Island and Balls 
Pyramid last Friday the 4th. 

Other goodies were White-necked Petrel, White-bellied Storm-Petrels, Little 
Shearwater and all the other LHI regulars. 


Cheers
Tobias
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Subject: Re: trip report Southern Molucca and Tanimbar islands ofIndonesia
From: "Peter Madvig" <madvig AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:40:51 +1000
Great stuff...thanks for sharing, Greg :-)
Cheers
Peter Madvig

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ofIndonesia


> I've published the report from our trip to the Southern Molucca and 
> Tanimbar
> islands of Indonesia. We were the first group of birders visiting these
> far-flung islands to see Blue-eared Lory on Seram and only the second 
> group
> to see the very rare Black-lored Parrot on Buru. Nice seabirds included
> Grey-backed Tern and Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel.
>
>
>
> The report can be seen online either on my blog:
>
>
>
> http://tinyurl.com/ouycsaj
>
>
>
> or on Surfbirds:
>
>
>
> http://www.surfbirds.com/trip_report.php?id=2442
>
>
>
> Greg Roberts
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Subject: Common Noddy
From: Peter Morgan <nagrompr AT bigpond.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:05:55 +1000
3, possibly 4 Common Noddys at Brooms Head NSW north coast on Monday 4pm. Only 
other one seen during cyclonic weather early last year. 

Just spent a frustrating time trying to report this to Eremaea, but gave up.

Peter and Bev Morgan
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Subject: Swift Parrots in Narooma
From: Jillian Keating <michael.jarman6 AT bigpond.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:39:32 +1000
Hi

Counted 11 swift parrots just south of Narooma at the Island Beach Caravan Park 
last weekend. Very wet at the time 


cheers

Mike
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Subject: Re: trip report Southern Molucca and Tanimbar islands ofIndonesia
From: "Alan Gillanders" <alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:00:37 +1000
Thanks Greg, a great report for those of us who will most likely never make 
it there to read and enjoy.
I have been fascinated by that part of the world since learning about the 
trepang trade with Australia.
Alan 


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Subject: Re: Australasian Robins
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:41:48 +1030
wow Geoff!!!!!!
these are just superb amazing wonderful striking...etc etc...!!!
what a great collection of images of one of my fave bird families...
 
nice to see those Norfolk Is Paciific Robins depicted so beautifully - I never 
realised how more extensive the male's scarlet breast is when compared with our 
Scarlets... 

also, nice to see how extensively yellow-washed our NE Qld Lemon-bellied's are 
too when compared with Top End & Kiimberly birds... 

keep up the awesome work Sir Geoff...
 
cheers for now,
(from a very envious) martin cachard, 
cairns, 0428 782 808
 
 
 
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> Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:01:10 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Australasian Robins
> 
> Evening everyone.
> 
>                                 Sorry I have not been putting up to many
> photos of late but I have had to step back into my business ( the one that
> used to make money for me to travel about taking photos ) so I have not had
> the time to continue finishing my Australian Bird Gallery.   Some of the
> galleries I had half finished so I am concentrating on these at the moment
> and I have attached a link for Australasian Robins which is fairly complete.
> 
> http://www.barraimaging.com.au/BIRD-FAMILIES-OF-THE-WORLD/ORDER-PASSERIFORME
> S/165-Family-Australasian-Robins/
> 
> Regards
> 
> Geoff Jones
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Subject: Australasian Robins
From: "Geoffrey Allan Jones" <gjo48414 AT bigpond.net.au>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:01:10 +1000
Evening everyone.

                                Sorry I have not been putting up to many
photos of late but I have had to step back into my business ( the one that
used to make money for me to travel about taking photos ) so I have not had
the time to continue finishing my Australian Bird Gallery.   Some of the
galleries I had half finished so I am concentrating on these at the moment
and I have attached a link for Australasian Robins which is fairly complete.

http://www.barraimaging.com.au/BIRD-FAMILIES-OF-THE-WORLD/ORDER-PASSERIFORME
S/165-Family-Australasian-Robins/

Regards

Geoff Jones

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Subject: Re: vale John Disney
From: Helen Larson <gobywan2001 AT yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:55:11 +1000
John Disney was the bird curator when I first started work at the Museum (as 
fish tech); he was a real character. One of the walls near the collection had a 
crack in it which he made while demonstrating a martial art in the corridor. He 
was never too busy to answer a question from me. 

Helen

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> On 7 Apr 2014, at 10:46 pm, Andrew Taylor  wrote:
> 
> John Disney  curator of Ornithology at the Australian Museum from 1962
> died recently aged 94. No doubt many list member knew him.
> 
> The funeral is Wednesday:
> 
http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/smh-au/obituary.aspx?n=henry-disney&pid=170489978 

> 
> We owe John Disney a debt for his part in saving the Woodhen.
> 
> Andrew Taylor
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Subject: Re: Birding in Victoria
From: Janine Duffy <janine AT echidnawalkabout.com.au>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:35:45 +1000
Hi Andrew

I agree with Ed and was about to write the same sort of thing. You Yangs is 
fantastic - you can drive in via the main gate on Branch Rd anytime after 7 am. 
Good birds near the main carpark. Also worth trying the East Flat/Branding Yard 
Road and track area - access by foot from Toynes Rd gate, or drive the whole 
Great Circle Drive. You'll see out all on the Parks map. I've found the area 
just south of Toynes Road gate really good, especially East boundary track and 
an unnamed track that leads north west from a small dam on east boundary track. 
This track will get you back to Great circle drive. 


Serendip is really worth a visit too, especially if you take the time to walk 
around the whole billabong. Park gate opens about 8 am. 


Brisbane Ranges NP is also not far, and great for Spotted Quail-thrush. I've 
had great success with them at this time of year in several parts of the park - 
email me back if you want details. 


Janine

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Ed Williams  wrote:

>Hi Andrew,
>As you are in Point Cook you are perfect location for a lot of good sites - 
notably you'll only be 20 minutes from the majestic Western Treatment Plant, 
which even now that a lot of the shorebirds have gone is a stunning place to 
visit and you should pick up lots of species. 

>You can pick up a day pass/key and map from the Werribee office of Melbourne 
water - info available on their website. Great for all sorts of wetland, 
coastal and farmland species. 


>http://www.melbournewater.com.au/getinvolved/activities/birdwatching/pages/birdwatching.aspx 

>Only thing would be getting hold of the key as I am not sure how early they 
open their office to pick one up. 

>Point Cook itself has some good spots for birding with Point Cook coastal park 
(recent home of the American Golden Plover [tbc]) and Cheetham Wetlands on your 
doorsteps. 

>Inland - but still only 20 minutes drive away the You Yangs is another lovely 
spot - with some good dry forest species (Choughs, Robins, Speckled Warbler, 
Diamond Firetail, interesting Honeyeaters, etc) - along with Koalas and Eastern 
Grey Kangaroos. And nearby is the Serendip sanctuary (which though I have never 
visited I am told has some good birding too). 

>Do you have any specific targets or habitats? Basically apart from rainforest 
habitat Point Cook is a great spot in terms of closeness to most other habitats 
in the Melbourne area. 

>If you can get your hands on a copy of Tim Dolby's book on Where to See Birds 
in Victoria that would help you too. 

>http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6518.htm
>All the best,
>Ed
>
>Ed Williams, Kingsville, VIC
>
>> Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:42:11 +0800
>> From: pardalote AT iinet.net.au
>> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Victoria
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> Jill and I will be flying over from Perth to visit relatives in 
>> Melbourne.  We are staying in Point Cook for a week from Friday 11th to 
>> Thurs 17th.  We have only ever been to Victoria in transit to somewhere 
>> else.
>> 
>> Can anybody recommend some good birding spots for this time of the year 
>> within a reasonable distance. We should be able to get away several 
>> times during the week, particularly early mornings.
>> 
>> Thanks for any help.
>> Cheers
>> 
>> Andrew
>> 
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Subject: Re: Birding in Victoria
From: Ed Williams <edwilliams1977 AT hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 04:51:16 +0000
Hi Andrew,
As you are in Point Cook you are perfect location for a lot of good sites - 
notably you'll only be 20 minutes from the majestic Western Treatment Plant, 
which even now that a lot of the shorebirds have gone is a stunning place to 
visit and you should pick up lots of species. 

You can pick up a day pass/key and map from the Werribee office of Melbourne 
water - info available on their website. Great for all sorts of wetland, 
coastal and farmland species. 


http://www.melbournewater.com.au/getinvolved/activities/birdwatching/pages/birdwatching.aspx 

Only thing would be getting hold of the key as I am not sure how early they 
open their office to pick one up. 

Point Cook itself has some good spots for birding with Point Cook coastal park 
(recent home of the American Golden Plover [tbc]) and Cheetham Wetlands on your 
doorsteps. 

Inland - but still only 20 minutes drive away the You Yangs is another lovely 
spot - with some good dry forest species (Choughs, Robins, Speckled Warbler, 
Diamond Firetail, interesting Honeyeaters, etc) - along with Koalas and Eastern 
Grey Kangaroos. And nearby is the Serendip sanctuary (which though I have never 
visited I am told has some good birding too). 

Do you have any specific targets or habitats? Basically apart from rainforest 
habitat Point Cook is a great spot in terms of closeness to most other habitats 
in the Melbourne area. 

If you can get your hands on a copy of Tim Dolby's book on Where to See Birds 
in Victoria that would help you too. 

http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6518.htm
All the best,
Ed

Ed Williams, Kingsville, VIC

> Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:42:11 +0800
> From: pardalote AT iinet.net.au
> To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Victoria
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Jill and I will be flying over from Perth to visit relatives in 
> Melbourne.  We are staying in Point Cook for a week from Friday 11th to 
> Thurs 17th.  We have only ever been to Victoria in transit to somewhere 
> else.
> 
> Can anybody recommend some good birding spots for this time of the year 
> within a reasonable distance. We should be able to get away several 
> times during the week, particularly early mornings.
> 
> Thanks for any help.
> Cheers
> 
> Andrew
> 
> -- 
> ***********************************************************
> Andrew Hobbs
> 
> pardalote AT iinet.net.au
> ***********************************************************
> 
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Subject: October Ashmore Trip needs YOU!
From: John Weigel <jweigel AT reptilepark.com.au>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:41:12 +1000
Having previously participated in George Swann's late-October Ashmore Reef 
birding trip, I'm very excited about the prospect of the upcoming 20-27 October 
trip. As usual, George, Rohan Clarke and Mike Carter will be on board to 
combine roles of guiding and collecting data for Rohan's fascinating research 
projects. George tells me that at this stage, a whopping five spaces need 
filling before the trip becomes viable. This is a selfish plea for anyone who 
hasn't (or has!) had the incredible experience of exploring the massive seabird 
colonies on East Island, Ashmore - or West Island, Lacerpede Islands (imagine 
30,000 Roseate Terns in one compacted roost), or participated in the ultimate 
vagrant hunt on West Island Ashmore, or seen the pelagic specialties of 
Australia's slice of the Indian Ocean to help make this trip possible - and 
dramatically enhance my 'Big Year' opportunities. I guarantee you'll be glad 
you did; it is a life-changing experience. You can find out more about the trip 
from George's website at http://kimberleybirdwatching.com.au. For more specific 
information about the October trip, email George at 
info AT kimberleybirdwatching.com.au . 


Best wishes,
John Weigel





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