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30 Aug Fwd: Visiting Birdsville/Strzelecki Track [Russell Woodford ]
30 Aug New blog posts ["Greg and Val Clancy" ]
30 Aug Fwd: [OB] World Shorebirds Day, 6 September [Carl Clifford ]
30 Aug Fw: Little Corellas at play ["Bob" ]
30 Aug Aussie Bittern over Altona, VIC [David Richardson ]
30 Aug Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August now [robert morris ]
30 Aug Re: Little Corellas at play [brian fleming ]
30 Aug Saturday Citrine update [Richard Baxter via Birding-Aus ]
29 Aug Forest raven = corvus australis? ["Cas Liber" ]
29 Aug NSW Twitchathon [Robert Mcdonald ]
29 Aug Re: Citrine Wagtail Mudgee NSW [Mick Roderick ]
29 Aug Little Corellas at play [brian fleming ]
29 Aug Citrine Wagtail [David Hair ]
29 Aug RFI: Birding in Nepal [Chris Sanderson ]
29 Aug Re: Gloucester Birding [Michael Tarburton ]
29 Aug Re: Eastern Yellow Robin and a small skink [Sonja Ross ]
29 Aug Eastern Yellow Robin and a small skink []
29 Aug RFI Victor Harbor ["Helga Kieskamp" ]
29 Aug Citrine Wagtail Mudgee NSW [Richard Baxter via Birding-Aus ]
29 Aug Re: PK landscape [Peter Shute ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape ["Greg and Val Clancy" ]
28 Aug Eastern Yellow Robin and a small skink [Sonja Ross ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape [Carl Clifford ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape [Bill Stent ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape [Carol Probets ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape [Carl Clifford ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape [Bill Stent ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape [Carl Clifford ]
28 Aug Re: PK landscape [Dave Torr ]
28 Aug PK landscape [Carl Clifford ]
28 Aug Gloucester Birding [PennyDB ]
28 Aug Brown Quail ["Els and Bill" ]
27 Aug Striated Grass-wren, Red-lored Whistler, Orange Chats & Black-eared Miner ["Martin Woodward" ]
27 Aug Re: Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld [martin cachard ]
27 Aug Re: Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld ["Alan Gillanders" ]
27 Aug Santa Teresa Rd, NT [Bernard O'Keefe ]
27 Aug Re: Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld [martin cachard ]
27 Aug Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld ["Alan Gillanders" ]
27 Aug Re: RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) ["Jeremy O'Wheel" ]
27 Aug Re: RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) [Kev Lobotomi ]
26 Aug Re: "Where Song Began" on special [Ed Williams ]
26 Aug Hooded Plover and other birds about Esperance [Frank O'Connor ]
26 Aug Off Topic: PNG Notes [Nick Leseberg ]
25 Aug Neophmas in the surrounds of Adelaide ["Donald G. Kimball" ]
26 Aug Hooded Plover and other birds about Esperance [Greg Roberts ]
26 Aug Re: "Where Song Began" on special [Carl Clifford ]
26 Aug Re: "Where Song Began" on special [Dave Torr ]
26 Aug "Where Song Began" on special [Carl Clifford ]
26 Aug Re: RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) [Kev Lobotomi ]
26 Aug Re: Southport Qld - other sea creatures [Alistair Poore ]
26 Aug RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) [Nikolas Haass ]
25 Aug Re: Southport Qld - other sea creatures [Nikolas Haass ]
26 Aug Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August now CONFIRMED [robert morris ]
25 Aug Re: Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August and pictures from Saturday 16th August [Nikolas Haass ]
25 Aug Re: Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August and pictures from Saturday 16th August [Nikolas Haass ]
25 Aug Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August [robert morris ]
25 Aug Re: birds/other wildlife at Darwin River [Marie Tarrant ]
25 Aug birds/other wildlife at Darwin River [Denise Goodfellow ]
25 Aug Birdline Victoria Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline South Australia Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update []
25 Aug Birdline Australia Weekly Update []
25 Aug Re: New Zealand Pelagic ["Neville Pamment" ]
25 Aug Ken Simpson Obit in The Age ["Wendy McWilliams" ]
25 Aug NEW Zealand Pelagics ["Chris Lloyd" ]
25 Aug Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest ["Birdpedia - Australia Info" ]
24 Aug Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross & Pygmy Killer Whales off Wollongong [Nikolas Haass ]
24 Aug Fwd: Gibb River Road - trip report [Bruce Greatwich ]
24 Aug Re: New Zealand Pelagic [Chris King ]
24 Aug Re: New Zealand Pelagic [Tom Tarrant ]

Subject: Fwd: Visiting Birdsville/Strzelecki Track
From: Russell Woodford <rdwoodford AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:37:02 +1000
Please direct all replies to the hotmail address below

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: eagleowl22 
Date: 30 August 2014 15:41
Subject: Visiting Birdsville/Strzelecki Track
To: birding-aus-owner AT birding-aus.org


Hi,

I'm a Dutch birder who is currently birding Australia with a Working
Holiday Visa. I'm traveling about in  2 wheel drive car, so I won't be able
to visit Birdsville and the Strzelecki Track, amongs others.

I'm currently in Albany but I want to travel towards Adelaide in a week or
less.

Does anyone has plans to go there or think it will be time to do this,
please let me know!

You can reach me by phone: 0467573409
Or maybe better by mail: eagleowl22 AT hotmail.com

Hoping for some positive answers,

Best regards,

Pieter de Groot Boersma




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Subject: New blog posts
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <gclancy AT tpg.com.au>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:49 +1000
Hi all,

I have recently published two new posts on my blog being ‘Bird banding on 
Susan Island 21-22 June and 26-28 July 2014’ and ‘More photos from the July 
Susan Island banding’. If interested my blog address is: 

 http://gregswildliferamblings.blogspot.com.au/



Regards



Greg

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Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960
 http://www.gregclancyecologistguide.com

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Subject: Fwd: [OB] World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:28:55 +1000
Some on the list may be interested in participating in this count.

Carl clifford


Begin forwarded message:

> From: "gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [orientalbirding]" 
 

> Date: 30 August 2014 9:40:27 AEST
> To: 
> Subject: [OB] World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
> Reply-To: gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com
> 
> Dear Birdwatchers,
> 
> 
> 
> You might have heard about the World Shorebirds Day to be held on 6 
September, 2014 for the first time. One of the key programs of this special day 
is the Global Shorebird Counting, which is a public awareness initiative. I ask 
all birders in the Oriental region, or anywhere else, to take part in the 
counting in any areas where shorebirds occur. Don't worry, if there are no huge 
number of shorebirds in your area. We don't ask money to help. We just ask to 
go out birding, what every birdwatcher love to do anyway. 

> 
> 
> 
> Please consider supporting this initiative and register your location on our 
website. By registering a location you can be a part of a draw to win a 
fantastic bird book package worth about £150. 

> 
> 
> 
> Registration of the location and more details about the Global Shorebird 
Counting Program can be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG 

> 
> 
> 
> The map with more than 340 already registered locations can be viewed here: 
http://goo.gl/ICpB7X 

> 
> 
> 
> Thanks for your time and please help us to reach our goal of having a 
thousand locations registered by 6th of September 2014. 

> 
> 
> 
> Best wishes, Szimi
> 
> _
> 
> Gyorgy Szimuly
> 
> Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
> 
> Milton Keynes, UK
> 
> http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/
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Subject: Fw: Little Corellas at play
From: "Bob" <bobadawson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:55:23 +1000
When I was in Perth last December I went looking for the Franklin’s Gull at 
Alfred’s Cove on the Swan River. The temperature was somewhere about 38-40 
degrees and the Little Corellas were mostly just sitting in the shade of the 
trees trying to keep cool. a number of them were lying sprawled out flat on 
their backs with their wings spread out, most just panting but several of them 
had sticks that they appeared to be playing with. They were rolling them in 
their feet and passing them from foot to foot or foot to beak and back again. 
If people got too close to them they would get up and move away often taking 
the stick with them. One that dropped its stick went back after the people went 
passed and went back to playing with the stick. 


A bit anthropomorphic but the thought that came to mind was “I am bored but 
it’s too hot to do anything else!” 


Bob

From: brian fleming 
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2014 9:57 AM
To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org 
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Little Corellas at play

On 29/08/2014 8:41 PM, brian fleming wrote:
> At Banyule Flats Reserve (Heidelberg, Vic) this morning, there was a 
> big flock of Little Corellas feeding on the mown grass round the oval 
> - meaning at least 200 birds. I did try to count them but many were 
> out of sight behind oval banks etc. Most were feeding. I was able to 
> drive the car pretty close to get photos.
>
>   One bird caught my eye by apparently turning a somersault and ending 
> up lying on its back. Another bird, presumably its mate, came up close 
> and bird A got right way up. Bird B nibbled at Bird A's breast - this 
> looked affectionate. They would feed for a little, then Bird B would 
> sneak up alongside or behind Bird A and bite at A's leg, sometimes 
> turning it over or onto its side. This happened repeatedly - 
> frequently ending up with both birds flapping while apparently on 
> their heads in the grass. It looked like wrestling, with the birds 
> holding each others' feet in their beaks.Bird A didn't seem to mind 
> B's activities - made no attempt to fly away.  Their antics were 
> really very funny, and I wish I had remembered  that my camera will in 
> fact take a short movie (until its battery dies). Still photos don't 
> really convey the effect. My impression was that this was definitely 
> play. At one point B seemed to try to mount A, but A side-stepped with 
> agility. This went on for several minutes, but unfortunately a dog put 
> the whole flock to noisy flight and they settled on power lines and 
> nearby trees.  And once on the power-line, I strongly suspect that 
> Bird B was the one showing off by alternately hanging upside-down by 
> one foot, and then hanging by its beak alone.  None of the other 
> Corellas in sight was indulging in these antics; they stuck to feeding.
>   I shall put up a few of the photos on the Birdline Photo Gallery in 
> the next few days.
>
>   Another bird, apparently solo, found a discarded small empty plastic 
> bottle of a coffee drink, and spent a lot of time trying to chew it, 
> often from the neck, and otherwise playing football with it.  I think 
> this was play too, though not social.
>
> Anthea Fleming
      I forgot to mention that several birds in the Little Corella flock 
were picking up large fallen twigs and pieces of bark and carrying them 
in their beaks as they walked about. Some birds tried to grab the twigs 
from others, resulting in short tug-of-war episodes.

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Subject: Aussie Bittern over Altona, VIC
From: David Richardson <albatrossvaldez AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:47:49 +1000
Hi folks,
I was just out in the backyard and glanced upwards and was surprised to see
an Australasian Bittern flying over me. I live in Altona, Victoria, close
to Truganina Swamp.

The bittern circled and gained height then flew off to the south, then
seemed to turn east. I bet it will be touching down at Kororoit creek
somewhere close to the ford.

Any birders in that area keep an eye out this evening.
Time it flew over my yard was 17:40 hrs.

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Subject: Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August now
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:18:53 +1000
All

I was just chatting to Paul - conditions look perfect for tomorrow and 1 spot 
has become available. Give me a call if you'd like last spot ($100). 0488 
667867 


Paul is not on 'email' today thanks 

Rob 

Sent from my iPad

> On 26 Aug 2014, at 9:23, "robert morris"  wrote:
> 
> Guys
> 
> Paul has confirmed that we will be going out on Sunday from Southport.
> 
> If you've booked a spot, Paul will be in touch tomorrow with details.
> 
> There are probably one or two spots left - so if you're keen let Paul know.
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Rob
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On 25 Aug 2014, at 18:15, "robert morris"  
wrote: 

>> 
>> All,
>> 
>> Our skipper Craig has agreed to put on a special trip this Sunday once the 
sea has died down a bit from the east coast low that's going to hit the coast 
all week. 

>> 
>> Paul Walbridge is currently travelling, but will be back on line soon. 
Please let Paul and I know if you'd like a place on Sunday as spaces will go 
quickly. 

>> 
>> 2 years ago a similar low brought 5 species of albatross including 
Light-mantled Sooties and a white-headed Petrel. 8 days ago SE winds brought us 
3 species of albatross including a Light-mantled Sooty and a white-headed 
Petrel. 

>> 
>> Whilst there are no guarantees, the weather patterns would suggest we'll see 
some good birds. 

>> 
>> The go-ahead of the trip will be subject to Paul's approval but please book 
early to avoid disappointment. 

>> 
>> Rob Morris
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad
>> 
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Subject: Re: Little Corellas at play
From: brian fleming <flambeau AT labyrinth.net.au>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:57:07 +1000
On 29/08/2014 8:41 PM, brian fleming wrote:
> At Banyule Flats Reserve (Heidelberg, Vic) this morning, there was a 
> big flock of Little Corellas feeding on the mown grass round the oval 
> - meaning at least 200 birds. I did try to count them but many were 
> out of sight behind oval banks etc. Most were feeding. I was able to 
> drive the car pretty close to get photos.
>
>   One bird caught my eye by apparently turning a somersault and ending 
> up lying on its back. Another bird, presumably its mate, came up close 
> and bird A got right way up. Bird B nibbled at Bird A's breast - this 
> looked affectionate. They would feed for a little, then Bird B would 
> sneak up alongside or behind Bird A and bite at A's leg, sometimes 
> turning it over or onto its side. This happened repeatedly - 
> frequently ending up with both birds flapping while apparently on 
> their heads in the grass. It looked like wrestling, with the birds 
> holding each others' feet in their beaks.Bird A didn't seem to mind 
> B's activities - made no attempt to fly away.  Their antics were 
> really very funny, and I wish I had remembered  that my camera will in 
> fact take a short movie (until its battery dies). Still photos don't 
> really convey the effect. My impression was that this was definitely 
> play. At one point B seemed to try to mount A, but A side-stepped with 
> agility. This went on for several minutes, but unfortunately a dog put 
> the whole flock to noisy flight and they settled on power lines and 
> nearby trees.  And once on the power-line, I strongly suspect that 
> Bird B was the one showing off by alternately hanging upside-down by 
> one foot, and then hanging by its beak alone.  None of the other 
> Corellas in sight was indulging in these antics; they stuck to feeding.
>   I shall put up a few of the photos on the Birdline Photo Gallery in 
> the next few days.
>
>   Another bird, apparently solo, found a discarded small empty plastic 
> bottle of a coffee drink, and spent a lot of time trying to chew it, 
> often from the neck, and otherwise playing football with it.  I think 
> this was play too, though not social.
>
> Anthea Fleming
      I forgot to mention that several birds in the Little Corella flock 
were picking up large fallen twigs and pieces of bark and carrying them 
in their beaks as they walked about. Some birds tried to grab the twigs 
from others, resulting in short tug-of-war episodes.

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Subject: Saturday Citrine update
From: Richard Baxter via Birding-Aus <birding-aus AT birding-aus.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:03:46 +1000
The Citrine Wagtail was present this morning at 7.30am in front of the bird 
hide. 


Cheers
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Subject: Forest raven = corvus australis?
From: "Cas Liber" <casliber AT bigpond.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:39:05 +1000
Here's an amusing taxonomic quandary...

In 1781, Latham writes of "south-seas raven" based on specimen collected
from Cook's 3rd voyage - he reports it's from the friendly isles (Tonga)
Gmelin gives it the name Corvus australis in 1788.
Gould adopts the name in his 1865 handbook
Matthews says name is preoccupied and drops it
Stresemann in 1950 researches specimens collected on Cook's 3rd voyage and
opines that the specimen was collected in Adventure Bay (Tasmania)

...sooo......should the correct name of the forest raven be Corvus australis
Gmelin?

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Subject: NSW Twitchathon
From: Robert Mcdonald <spinifex AT y7mail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:20:29 -0700
Hi all just a follow up, we are still looking for a 3rd person to join 
our team. We will be doing it all by foot over the 2 days at a very slow
 jog pace, what is required is the ability to jog for a long time but 
the speed does not matter and also the birding ability would be a bonus 
but not necessary. if you want to know any more details just send me a 
message. 
 
Thanks
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Subject: Re: Citrine Wagtail Mudgee NSW
From: Mick Roderick <mickhhb AT yahoo.com.au>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:50:23 -0700
Hi all,

I have put a detailed description of where to focus efforts in looking for the 
bird on NSW Birdline (it will hopefully be posted soon). It seems to have 
favourite patches where it forages but I do not think it ever left the 
immediate pond in front of the hide during the 3 hours I was there this 
morning. As I have said in the report, it can 'disappear' for a while but then 
it will reappear - be patient (and take a scope if you can). 


Congratulations to Sue Chatfield for the remarkable find and for posting the 
sighting so quickly. 


I checked in on the Giants Creek Regent HE's on the way home and there are 
still 4 birds present feeding in 2, maybe 3 species of ironbarks (I can't work 
it out!). 


It's not every day you get to see a Citrine Wagtail and Regent Honeyeaters ;-)

Mick  


On Friday, 29 August 2014 10:41 AM, Richard Baxter via Birding-Aus 
 wrote: 

  


Hello all,
 A Citrine Wagtail was photographed near Mudgee yesterday and ID was confirmed 
by Mick Roderick this morning. 


Location details are on Eremea.

Got to dash ....

Cheers 
Richard 

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Subject: Little Corellas at play
From: brian fleming <flambeau AT labyrinth.net.au>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:41:43 +1000
At Banyule Flats Reserve (Heidelberg, Vic) this morning, there was a big 
flock of Little Corellas feeding on the mown grass round the oval - 
meaning at least 200 birds. I did try to count them but many were out of 
sight behind oval banks etc. Most were feeding. I was able to drive the 
car pretty close to get photos.

   One bird caught my eye by apparently turning a somersault and ending 
up lying on its back. Another bird, presumably its mate, came up close 
and bird A got right way up. Bird B nibbled at Bird A's breast - this 
looked affectionate. They would feed for a little, then Bird B would 
sneak up alongside or behind Bird A and bite at A's leg, sometimes 
turning it over or onto its side. This happened repeatedly - frequently 
ending up with both birds flapping while apparently on their heads in 
the grass. It looked like wrestling, with the birds holding each others' 
feet in their beaks.Bird A didn't seem to mind B's activities - made no 
attempt to fly away.  Their antics were really very funny, and I wish I 
had remembered  that my camera will in fact take a short movie (until 
its battery dies). Still photos don't really convey the effect. My 
impression was that this was definitely play. At one point B seemed to 
try to mount A, but A side-stepped with agility. This went on for 
several minutes, but unfortunately a dog put the whole flock to noisy 
flight and they settled on power lines and nearby trees.  And once on 
the power-line, I strongly suspect that Bird B was the one showing off 
by alternately hanging upside-down by one foot, and then hanging by its 
beak alone.  None of the other Corellas in sight was indulging in these 
antics; they stuck to feeding.
   I shall put up a few of the photos on the Birdline Photo Gallery in 
the next few days.

   Another bird, apparently solo, found a discarded small empty plastic 
bottle of a coffee drink, and spent a lot of time trying to chew it, 
often from the neck, and otherwise playing football with it.  I think 
this was play too, though not social.

Anthea Fleming


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Subject: Citrine Wagtail
From: David Hair <davidhair50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:19:25 +1000
Hi, All.
Any further news on the Citrine Wagtail at Mudgee?

Regards,
Dave Hair.

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Subject: RFI: Birding in Nepal
From: Chris Sanderson <chris.sanderson AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:52:16 +0800
Hi all,

I'm tentatively thinking about birding in Nepal in October or November this
year.  I'd be with someone who wants to prioritise hiking/trekking but who
is not averse to wildlife watching also.

Can anyone offer advice on local bird guides who could be hired for a trek
or a couple of days at specific birding locations?

Cheers,
Chris


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Subject: Re: Gloucester Birding
From: Michael Tarburton <tarburton.m AT optusnet.com.au>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:42:06 +1000
Thanks for that news Penny - encouraging stuff.

Here is hoping that more than the birds will benefit from the rain.

Cheers


Mike


On 28/08/2014, at 11:48 AM, PennyDB wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> The rain has arrived at last, after a dreadfully dry 6 months. My  
> patch of Gloucester has had 127ml to date and more appears on the  
> way.   The rivers are running high and paddocks flooded.
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Subject: Re: Eastern Yellow Robin and a small skink
From: Sonja Ross <sonja.ross7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:58:06 +1000
Thanks, Martin. That's interesting about the Crayfish at Tarra Bulga too. It 
seems that we can still learn about even our relatively common birds. 


Sonja


On 29/08/2014, at 10:31 AM, Martin.OBrien AT depi.vic.gov.au wrote:

> Sonja, I too have observed this some years ago, so yes probably typical 
> behaviour (though maybe not regularly observed).
> 
> Interestingly I've recently seen EYRs take small burrowing (Engaeus spp.) 
> crayfish (at Tarra Bulga National Park in the Strzeleckis).  When I spoke 
> to a crayfish expert colleague he mentioned that this had not been 
> recorded before (bush birds as predators of native crays) and encouraged 
> me to post a note into Victorian Naturalist or equivalent (to do).
> 
> EYRs seem to be opportunistic feeders I think.
> 
> cheers, Martin O'Brien
> Melbourne
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Subject: Eastern Yellow Robin and a small skink
From: Martin.OBrien AT depi.vic.gov.au
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:31:52 +1000
Sonja, I too have observed this some years ago, so yes probably typical 
behaviour (though maybe not regularly observed).

Interestingly I've recently seen EYRs take small burrowing (Engaeus spp.) 
crayfish (at Tarra Bulga National Park in the Strzeleckis).  When I spoke 
to a crayfish expert colleague he mentioned that this had not been 
recorded before (bush birds as predators of native crays) and encouraged 
me to post a note into Victorian Naturalist or equivalent (to do).

EYRs seem to be opportunistic feeders I think.

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Subject: RFI Victor Harbor
From: "Helga Kieskamp" <hkieskamp AT adam.com.au>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:38:11 +0930
Hi everyone,

We have some time tomorrow to look for a few birds around Victor Harbor. Has 
anyone seen anything interesting around there lately? Some Black-chinned 
Honeyeaters maybe? Crested Shrike-tit? Eastern Reef Egret? 

Thanks heaps and sorry for the late notice,
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Subject: Citrine Wagtail Mudgee NSW
From: Richard Baxter via Birding-Aus <birding-aus AT birding-aus.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:02:39 +1000
Hello all,
 A Citrine Wagtail was photographed near Mudgee yesterday and ID was confirmed 
by Mick Roderick this morning. 


Location details are on Eremea.

Got to dash ....

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Richard 

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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Peter Shute <pshute AT nuw.org.au>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:25:29 +1000
Do you mean on a PC, Greg? Are they photos taken with an iphone? If so, that's 
due to browsers not understanding the orientation settings inserted by the 
phone. 


Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

> On 29 Aug 2014, at 4:18 am, "Greg and Val Clancy"  wrote:
> 
> While on the subject of portrait photos displaying as landscape I have the 
> same problem with my blog.  I can't find any way of changing the settings. 
> Any clues out there?
> 
> Greg
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Bill Stent
> Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:57 PM
> To: Carol Probets
> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] PK landscape
> 
> Ah, yes. In some views it flips, but not others.
> 
> You can see how familiar I am with it!
> 
>> On 28/08/2014, at 7:32 PM, Carol Probets  wrote:
>> 
>> That's strange, it goes to landscape for me on iOS (iPhone). Or rather, 
>> the individual bird pages do (the field guide pages are portrait/vertical 
>> only).
>> 
>> Carol
> 
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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <gclancy AT tpg.com.au>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:44:16 +1000
While on the subject of portrait photos displaying as landscape I have the 
same problem with my blog.  I can't find any way of changing the settings. 
Any clues out there?

Greg

-----Original Message----- 
From: Bill Stent
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:57 PM
To: Carol Probets
Cc: 
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] PK landscape

Ah, yes. In some views it flips, but not others.

You can see how familiar I am with it!

On 28/08/2014, at 7:32 PM, Carol Probets  wrote:

> That's strange, it goes to landscape for me on iOS (iPhone). Or rather, 
> the individual bird pages do (the field guide pages are portrait/vertical 
> only).
>
> Carol
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Subject: Eastern Yellow Robin and a small skink
From: Sonja Ross <sonja.ross7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:58:23 +1000
I was out walking this afternoon on a beautiful sunny Melbourne winter's day 
with lots of bird activity. I saw a pair of Eastern Yellow Robins and at one 
stage, one of them flew to the ground and started killing a small skink which 
it then flew off with. Is this usual Yellow Robin food does anyone know? 


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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +1000
I am using an iPad. I guess that Gibbons thought that being a field guide, 
customers would prefer the format to be more like a book. All the other bird 
guide apps that I have on my iPad let you use it in ether view. 


Carl Clifford

> On 28 Aug 2014, at 19:32, Carol Probets  wrote:
> 
> That's strange, it goes to landscape for me on iOS (iPhone). Or rather, the 
individual bird pages do (the field guide pages are portrait/vertical only). 

> 
> Carol
> 
> 
> At 3:20 PM +1000 28/8/14, Carl Clifford wrote:
>> Ta Bill. It must be an iOS glitch.
>> 
>> Carl
>> 
>>> On 28 Aug 2014, at 15:13, Bill Stent  wrote:
>>> 
>>> I've had the same experience with my iOS version.
>>> 
>>> Bill
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM, Carl Clifford  
wrote: 

>>>> I am using iOS. The title page open in landscape, but it then changes to 
portrait. Must be an iOS code thing. I have come across other iOS apps that 
refuse to go into landscape. 

>>>> 
>>>>> On 28 Aug 2014, at 13:32, Dave Torr  wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Works fine on my Android tablet - just rotate the tablet and it adjusts 
automatically. What are you using? 

>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>>> On 28 August 2014 12:23, Carl Clifford  wrote:
>>>>>> Does anyone know if one can persuade the Pizzey & Knight app to go into 
landscape view? 

>>>>>> 
>>>>>> TIA
>>>>>> 
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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Bill Stent <billstent AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:57:46 +1000
Ah, yes. In some views it flips, but not others.

You can see how familiar I am with it!

On 28/08/2014, at 7:32 PM, Carol Probets  wrote:

> That's strange, it goes to landscape for me on iOS (iPhone). Or rather, the 
individual bird pages do (the field guide pages are portrait/vertical only). 

> 
> Carol
> 
> 
> At 3:20 PM +1000 28/8/14, Carl Clifford wrote:
>> Ta Bill. It must be an iOS glitch.
>> 
>> Carl
>> 
>>> On 28 Aug 2014, at 15:13, Bill Stent  wrote:
>>> 
>>> I've had the same experience with my iOS version.
>>> 
>>> Bill
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM, Carl Clifford  
wrote: 

>>>> I am using iOS. The title page open in landscape, but it then changes to 
portrait. Must be an iOS code thing. I have come across other iOS apps that 
refuse to go into landscape. 

>>>> 
>>>>> On 28 Aug 2014, at 13:32, Dave Torr  wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Works fine on my Android tablet - just rotate the tablet and it adjusts 
automatically. What are you using? 

>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>>> On 28 August 2014 12:23, Carl Clifford  wrote:
>>>>>> Does anyone know if one can persuade the Pizzey & Knight app to go into 
landscape view? 

>>>>>> 
>>>>>> TIA
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Carl Clifford
>>>>>> 
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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Carol Probets <origma AT westnet.com.au>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:32:57 +1000
That's strange, it goes to landscape for me on iOS (iPhone). Or 
rather, the individual bird pages do (the field guide pages are 
portrait/vertical only).

Carol


At 3:20 PM +1000 28/8/14, Carl Clifford wrote:
>Ta Bill. It must be an iOS glitch.
>
>Carl
>
>>  On 28 Aug 2014, at 15:13, Bill Stent  wrote:
>>
>>  I've had the same experience with my iOS version.
>>
>>  Bill
>>
>>
>>>  On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM, Carl Clifford 
>>> wrote:
>>>  I am using iOS. The title page open in landscape, but it then 
>>>changes to portrait. Must be an iOS code thing. I have come across 
>>>other iOS apps that refuse to go into landscape.
>>>
>>>>  On 28 Aug 2014, at 13:32, Dave Torr  wrote:
>>>>
>>>>  Works fine on my Android tablet - just rotate the tablet and it 
>>>>adjusts automatically. What are you using?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>  On 28 August 2014 12:23, Carl Clifford  wrote:
>>>>>  Does anyone know if one can persuade the Pizzey & Knight app to 
>>>>>go into landscape view?
>>>>>
>>>>>  TIA
>>>>>
>>>>>  Carl Clifford
>>>>>  
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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:20:29 +1000
Ta Bill. It must be an iOS glitch.

Carl

> On 28 Aug 2014, at 15:13, Bill Stent  wrote:
> 
> I've had the same experience with my iOS version.
> 
> Bill
> 
> 
>> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM, Carl Clifford  
wrote: 

>> I am using iOS. The title page open in landscape, but it then changes to 
portrait. Must be an iOS code thing. I have come across other iOS apps that 
refuse to go into landscape. 

>> 
>>> On 28 Aug 2014, at 13:32, Dave Torr  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Works fine on my Android tablet - just rotate the tablet and it adjusts 
automatically. What are you using? 

>>> 
>>> 
>>>> On 28 August 2014 12:23, Carl Clifford  wrote:
>>>> Does anyone know if one can persuade the Pizzey & Knight app to go into 
landscape view? 

>>>> 
>>>> TIA
>>>> 
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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Bill Stent <billstent AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:13:40 +1000
I've had the same experience with my iOS version.

Bill


On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM, Carl Clifford  wrote:
> I am using iOS. The title page open in landscape, but it then changes to 
portrait. Must be an iOS code thing. I have come across other iOS apps that 
refuse to go into landscape. 

>
>> On 28 Aug 2014, at 13:32, Dave Torr  wrote:
>>
>> Works fine on my Android tablet - just rotate the tablet and it adjusts 
automatically. What are you using? 

>>
>>
>>> On 28 August 2014 12:23, Carl Clifford  wrote:
>>> Does anyone know if one can persuade the Pizzey & Knight app to go into 
landscape view? 

>>>
>>> TIA
>>>
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>>> 
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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:48:23 +1000
I am using iOS. The title page open in landscape, but it then changes to 
portrait. Must be an iOS code thing. I have come across other iOS apps that 
refuse to go into landscape. 


> On 28 Aug 2014, at 13:32, Dave Torr  wrote:
> 
> Works fine on my Android tablet - just rotate the tablet and it adjusts 
automatically. What are you using? 

> 
> 
>> On 28 August 2014 12:23, Carl Clifford  wrote:
>> Does anyone know if one can persuade the Pizzey & Knight app to go into 
landscape view? 

>> 
>> TIA
>> 
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Subject: Re: PK landscape
From: Dave Torr <davidtorr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:32:07 +1000
Works fine on my Android tablet - just rotate the tablet and it adjusts
automatically. What are you using?


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> landscape view?
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Subject: PK landscape
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:23:36 +1000
Does anyone know if one can persuade the Pizzey & Knight app to go into 
landscape view? 


TIA

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Subject: Gloucester Birding
From: PennyDB <penny AT pennydb.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:48:42 +1000
Dear all,

The rain has arrived at last, after a dreadfully dry 6 months. My patch 
of Gloucester has had 127ml to date and more appears on the way.   The 
rivers are running high and paddocks flooded.

This has brought into Gloucester large flocks of Straw-neck Ibis, and 
yesterday in two small paddocks south of town opposite the hospital, 
were 380-400 Cattle Egret, 250 S-N Ibis, 2 Royal Spoonbill, 4 Great 
Egrets, and sundry White-faced Heron, Magpies, Masked Lapwings, Black 
Ducks and Common Mynas, all busy in just two flooded paddocks.

A quick drive around other local ibis/egret favourite paddocks, found 
one Cattle Egret in a paddock on Bucketts Road, and 2 White-headed 
Stilts, 8 White Ibis, 7 Straw-necked Ibis, 8 Cattle Egret and 1 
White-faced Heron in a dam on Showground Rd.

The Avon Wetland's flooded paddocks had large numbers of Black Duck and 
Grey Teal, and an unusually high number (15) or so White-headed Stilt - 
too far to accurately count amongst the reeds.

The only new bird for 2014 for my garden list was a Wompoo Fruit-Dove 
that paid a quick visit on the 18th August and was then seen by other 
people in George V Memorial Park on the Gloucester River.  White-faced 
Herons that bred in 2011 and 2012 in my neighbour's gum tree, have also 
been inspired to start nest building, with a flimsy few sticks in place.

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Subject: Brown Quail
From: "Els and Bill" <elsandbill AT iprimus.com.au>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:11:41 +1000
Hi Nikolas,

There have been a small group of Brown Quail sighted right on the corner of 
Pirates Bay Rd and Arthur Highway on the edge of the heathland so look out for 
them as you come round that corner. It was a couple of years ago but still good 
habitat for them. 


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Subject: Striated Grass-wren, Red-lored Whistler, Orange Chats & Black-eared Miner
From: "Martin Woodward" <mallee28 AT impulse.net.au>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:29:30 +1000
Hi Everyone,

 

My son and I are planning a trip to NW Victoria over the next few weeks to
look for some Mallee bird species we are yet to see including Striated
Grass-wren, Red-lored Whistler, Orange Chat and Black-eared Miner.

We'll probably stay at Pink Lakes National Park and are only able to access
2WD tracks in our Ford Territory.

 

If anyone can give us some pointers to find these bird species we'd be most
appreciative.

 

Cheers

 

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Subject: Re: Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:44:23 +1030
haha thanks Alan for the correction there!!
sorry if I confused anyone out there in Birding-Aus land!!
cheers, martin cachard
 
From: alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au
To: mcachard AT hotmail.com; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, 
Georgetown Qld 

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:06:34 +1000







Thanks to Martin for adding so much good information.
It was a slip of his typing finger though when he said, Paperbark 
Flycatcher (western limit of range here), as it is actually the south-east 
limit of their range.
 
Yours in birding competitiveness and one-upmanship,
Alan
PS For those who do not know and cannot read the tone of this email. Martin 
and I are great mates, and I have a huge respect for his knowledge and birding 
ability.
 

Alan's 
Wildlife Tours
2 Mather Road
Yungaburra 4884

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



 

From: martin cachard 
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:53 PM
To: Alan Gillanders ; Birding_Aus 
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Finch Counting including possible 
Gouldians, Georgetown Qld
 

I just wanted to add to Alan's post re finches near 
Georgetown...
 
i'm not going on this trip but I've been birding that 
area around Cumberland-Green Hills very regularly since 1996 - other finch 
species likely on this imminent trip include the locally common Masked Finch 
(white-eared race 'leucotis'), abundant Zebras & Double-barreds, regular 
Pictorella Mannikin, & the irregular Plum-headed Finch & 
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.
 
I personally have never seen a Gouldian 
in that area as yet, but I've seen all the others plus Black-throateds more 
often than not, so it's worth making the trip...
 
other very notable 
species to watch for which I've seen personally in this area include 
Spotted  Bowerbird (only once further east at Newcastle Range), Spinifex 
Pigeon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Painted Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Black-breasted 

Buzzard, & other more common good birds like Squatter Pigeon, Banded 
Honeyeater, Paperbark Flycatcher (western limit of range here), Red-chested 
B-quail, Spotted Nightjar, Red-backed Kingfisher, Cotton Pygmy-Goose (rare this 

far north), Brown Treecreeper (vulnerable northern Black race 'melanotus'), etc 

etc...
 
in over 100 trips to the area I've never seen Grey-fronted 
Honeyeaters there but they must be there as they often get reported by 
competent 

observers...
good luck everyone who makes the 
trip!!
cheers,
 
martin 
cachard,
cairns.
 

 

> From: alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au
> To: 
Birding-Aus AT birding-aus.org
> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:54:53 
+1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Finch Counting including possible 
Gouldians, Georgetown Qld
> 
> Greetings,
> Flat Creek Station 
near Georgetown has numbers of finches, including a fairly recent sighting of 
Gouldians, and regular sightings of black-throated finches
> 
> 

> 
> A count will be held over the weekend of 20th & 21st 
September 
> 
> 
> 
> There will be free camping 
available for 19th/20th/21st
> 
> 
> 
> If you would 
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> 

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> 
> Alan
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld
From: "Alan Gillanders" <alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:06:34 +1000
Thanks to Martin for adding so much good information.
It was a slip of his typing finger though when he said, “Paperbark Flycatcher 
(western limit of range here),” as it is actually the south-east limit of 
their range. 


Yours in birding competitiveness and one-upmanship,
Alan
PS For those who do not know and cannot read the tone of this email. Martin and 
I are great mates, and I have a huge respect for his knowledge and birding 
ability. 



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From: martin cachard 
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:53 PM
To: Alan Gillanders ; Birding_Aus 
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, 
Georgetown Qld 


I just wanted to add to Alan's post re finches near Georgetown...
 
i'm not going on this trip but I've been birding that area around 
Cumberland-Green Hills very regularly since 1996 - other finch species likely 
on this imminent trip include the locally common Masked Finch (white-eared race 
'leucotis'), abundant Zebras & Double-barreds, regular Pictorella Mannikin, & 
the irregular Plum-headed Finch & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. 

 
I personally have never seen a Gouldian in that area as yet, but I've seen all 
the others plus Black-throateds more often than not, so it's worth making the 
trip... 

 
other very notable species to watch for which I've seen personally in this area 
include Spotted Bowerbird (only once further east at Newcastle Range), Spinifex 
Pigeon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Painted Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Black-breasted 
Buzzard, & other more common good birds like Squatter Pigeon, Banded 
Honeyeater, Paperbark Flycatcher (western limit of range here), Red-chested 
B-quail, Spotted Nightjar, Red-backed Kingfisher, Cotton Pygmy-Goose (rare this 
far north), Brown Treecreeper (vulnerable northern Black race 'melanotus'), etc 
etc... 

 
in over 100 trips to the area I've never seen Grey-fronted Honeyeaters there 
but they must be there as they often get reported by competent observers... 

good luck everyone who makes the trip!!
cheers,
 
martin cachard,
cairns.
 

 

> From: alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au
> To: Birding-Aus AT birding-aus.org
> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:54:53 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, 
Georgetown Qld 

> 
> Greetings,
> Flat Creek Station near Georgetown has numbers of finches, including a fairly 
recent sighting of Gouldians, and regular sightings of black-throated finches 

> 
> 
> 
> A count will be held over the weekend of 20th & 21st September 
> 
> 
> 
> There will be free camping available for 19th/20th/21st
> 
> 
> 
> If you would like to join in please contact Peter or Adam on 07 40 62 53 04
> 
> 
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Alan
> 
> 
> Alan's Wildlife Tours
> 2 Mather Road
> Yungaburra 4884
> 
> Phone 07 4095 3784
> Mobile 0408 953 786
> http://www.alanswildlifetours.com.au/
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Subject: Santa Teresa Rd, NT
From: Bernard O'Keefe <b.okeefe AT cccc.vic.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:56:32 +0000
Good evening All
I am planning on visiting Alice Springs around the middle of September, 
especially Santa Teresa Rd in search for the Rufous-crowned Emuwren and the 
Dusky Grasswren. My research indicates that this is an excellent site for these 
species. 

But I am not sure how long this road is therefore I am asking if there are 
specific places on this road that may give me the best opportunity of success. 
I will be in my 4WD. 

Also, I plan to look for the Grey HE around this time and I believe that Kunoth 
Bore is my best bet. 

I would greatly appreciate any advice as always.
Kind regards
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Subject: Re: Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld
From: martin cachard <mcachard AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:23:43 +1030
I just wanted to add to Alan's post re finches near Georgetown...
 
i'm not going on this trip but I've been birding that area around 
Cumberland-Green Hills very regularly since 1996 - other finch species likely 
on this imminent trip include the locally common Masked Finch (white-eared race 
'leucotis'), abundant Zebras & Double-barreds, regular Pictorella Mannikin, & 
the irregular Plum-headed Finch & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin. 

 
I personally have never seen a Gouldian in that area as yet, but I've seen all 
the others plus Black-throateds more often than not, so it's worth making the 
trip... 

 
other very notable species to watch for which I've seen personally in this area 
include Spotted Bowerbird (only once further east at Newcastle Range), Spinifex 
Pigeon, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Painted Snipe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Black-breasted 
Buzzard, & other more common good birds like Squatter Pigeon, Banded 
Honeyeater, Paperbark Flycatcher (western limit of range here), Red-chested 
B-quail, Spotted Nightjar, Red-backed Kingfisher, Cotton Pygmy-Goose (rare this 
far north), Brown Treecreeper (vulnerable northern Black race 'melanotus'), etc 
etc... 

 
in over 100 trips to the area I've never seen Grey-fronted Honeyeaters there 
but they must be there as they often get reported by competent observers... 

good luck everyone who makes the trip!!
cheers,
 
martin cachard,
cairns.
 

 
> From: alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au
> To: Birding-Aus AT birding-aus.org
> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:54:53 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, 
Georgetown Qld 

> 
> Greetings,
> Flat Creek Station near Georgetown has numbers of finches, including a fairly 
recent sighting of Gouldians, and regular sightings of black-throated finches 

> 
> 
> 
> A count will be held over the weekend of 20th & 21st September 
> 
> 
> 
> There will be free camping available for 19th/20th/21st
> 
> 
> 
> If you would like to join in please contact Peter or Adam on 07 40 62 53 04
> 
> 
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Alan
> 
> 
> Alan's Wildlife Tours
> 2 Mather Road
> Yungaburra 4884
> 
> Phone 07 4095 3784
> Mobile 0408 953 786
> http://www.alanswildlifetours.com.au/
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Subject: Finch Counting including possible Gouldians, Georgetown Qld
From: "Alan Gillanders" <alan AT alanswildlifetours.com.au>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:54:53 +1000
Greetings,
Flat Creek Station near Georgetown has numbers of finches, including a fairly 
recent sighting of Gouldians, and regular sightings of black-throated finches 




A count will be held over the weekend of 20th & 21st September 



There will be free camping available for 19th/20th/21st



If you would like to join in please contact Peter or Adam on 07 40 62 53 04



Regards,

Alan


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Subject: Re: RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail)
From: "Jeremy O'Wheel" <owheelj AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:19:32 +1000
Marion Bay is probably your best bet for Brown Quail.

Jeremy


On 26 August 2014 11:57, Nikolas Haass  wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Has anyone seen Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) recently in the
> Hobart/Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?
> Also any recent stakeouts for Tassie and Eastern Pygmy Possum and
> Long-tailed Mouse in the Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Nikolas
>
>
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Subject: Re: RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail)
From: Kev Lobotomi <kevlobotomi AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:24:50 +1000
I've seen them a few times at Tinderbox too. I might go there on Sunday because 
I'm not on that pelagic, just the Saturday.-Kev 

 
> From: kevlobotomi AT hotmail.com
> To: n.haass1 AT uq.edu.au; birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:55:59 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail)
> 
> Hey NIkolas
> I've seen them a few times by the side of the main road to Port Arthur. I'll 
let you know if I see one this weekend. I think I saw a Long-tailed Mouse hop 
across the road to Fortescue Bay about a year ago as well.-Kevin Bartram 

>  
> > From: n.haass1 AT uq.edu.au
> > To: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> > Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:57:17 +0000
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail)
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Has anyone seen Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) recently in the
> > Hobart/Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?
> > Also any recent stakeouts for Tassie and Eastern Pygmy Possum and
> > Long-tailed Mouse in the Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > 
> > Nikolas
> > 
> > 
> > A/Prof Nikolas Haass | Head, Experimental Melanoma Therapy Group
> >  
> > The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
> > Level 6 | Translational Research Institute | 37 Kent Street |
> > Woolloongabba QLD 4102
> >  
> > T: +61 (0)7 3443 7087 | M: +61 (0)424 603 579
> > F: +61 (0)7 3443 6966
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Subject: Re: "Where Song Began" on special
From: Ed Williams <edwilliams1977 AT hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:13:11 +0000
Following on from the below if you put in the code: BW-FD14CF when you buy it 
from bookworld, it'll save you another 15%. :) 


(I have no affiliation to Bookworld - I just like saving money!)
> From: carlsclifford AT gmail.com
> Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:32:09 +1000
> To: davidtorr AT gmail.com
> CC: birding-aus AT birding-aus.org
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] "Where Song Began" on special
> 
> Indeed. Great for any birders library.
> 
> > On 26 Aug 2014, at 13:09, Dave Torr  wrote:
> > 
> > Have just read it (from local library) and a great read!
> > 
> >> On 26 Aug 2014 12:58, "Carl Clifford"  wrote:
> >> For those who have not yet bought Tim Low's "Where Song Began", Bookworld 
has it on special for $25.54 or $22.99 for Bookworld Citizens. The price 
includes postage within Australia. The Bookworld specials page can be found at 
http://www.bookworld.com.au/click-frenzy?utm_campaign=2014-08-26+BW+Click+Frenzy+#1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Bookworld+Master+Subscription 

> >> 
> >> The usual disclaimers apply, except that I am somewhat cheesed off because 
I bought my copy at a somewhat higher price. 

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Subject: Hooded Plover and other birds about Esperance
From: Frank O'Connor <foconnor AT iinet.net.au>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:43:29 +0800
Hooded Plovers in Western Australia mostly occur on inland 
lakes.  There are a few on beaches, but they tend to be the 
exception.  The lakes around Esperance are the stronghold.  There was 
an exceptional count of 1,500 or so at Lake Gore in the 1990s.  The 
Yalgorup Lakes system south of Mandurah is another good area for 
them.  Also the lakes in the Wagin, Katanning, Lake Grace 
areas.  BirdLife Western Australia has a Hooded Plover Committee led 
by Marcus Singor that has done great work.  They organise annual counts for WA.

There was a rumour I heard about the possibility that the WA birds 
might be worthy of full species recognition, but I don't know if 
anyone is looking further into that.

If anyone is visiting WA, then apart from Esperance (golf course and 
Lake Warden are usually reliable) they can usually be seen at Camel 
Lake NR on Salt River Road at the Stirling Range.  They are regular 
at Lake Clifton, Lake Preston etc at Yalgorup but these are very 
large lakes.  They can be found on some of the smaller lakes such as 
Martin's Tank.  Beaches such as between Augusta and Cape Leeuwin, 
Hamelin Bay, Cowaramup Bay (at Gracetown), Bremer Bay and just west 
of Hopetoun are good chances also.

The Hooded Plover Committee welcomes incidental sightings. They have 
a survey form, but I can't remember if this is located on the 
web.  It is more than just location and numbers.  It asks for 
information on adults / juveniles, how far from the edge, other 
birds, weather, etc.  For regular surveyed sites, the absence of 
birds is also useful to report.


_________________________________________________________________
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Subject: Off Topic: PNG Notes
From: Nick Leseberg <nick_leseberg AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:19:59 +1000
Hi All,

I often get a bit of interest from birding-aus members in the notes I compile 
from my annual trips to PNG. 


I returned about a month ago from my 2014 trip around the usual birding haunts 
in PNG, including a couple of days on New Britain at the end. I recorded a 
total of 396 species which is a pretty good effort, and there were plenty of 
highlights, with Dwarf Cassowary probably the standout. 


If anyone would like a copy of the notes, please let me know, I would be happy 
to forward them on. 


Cheers and good birding!

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Subject: Neophmas in the surrounds of Adelaide
From: "Donald G. Kimball" <ibwonet1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:04:13 -0700
Hi Birding Aus folks

Looking forward to returning to Aus and to one of my favorite places on the
planet in 2 short weeks.  Can anyone tell me if they have seen with some
regularlity Elegant or Blue-winged Parrots within a couple hours or so
drive of Adelaide?  Also I will head of to Whyperfeld National Park so
perhaps along the way there are some spots for them?  If you have seen
either species lately would love to know.  Thanks as always!


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Subject: Hooded Plover and other birds about Esperance
From: Greg Roberts <friarbird.roberts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:00:01 +1000
Some nice birds about Esperance, WA. including Hooded Plover, Cape Barren
Goose and Black-faced Cormorant. I found 30 Hooded Plover at a lake on the
outskirts of town, yet have seen none on many beaches I have inspected in
south-west WA over the past couple of weeks. Does anyone know if they
regularly move inland from the beaches?
More on the blog post below.
Greg Roberts
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Subject: Re: "Where Song Began" on special
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:32:09 +1000
Indeed. Great for any birders library.

> On 26 Aug 2014, at 13:09, Dave Torr  wrote:
> 
> Have just read it (from local library) and a great read!
> 
>> On 26 Aug 2014 12:58, "Carl Clifford"  wrote:
>> For those who have not yet bought Tim Low's "Where Song Began", Bookworld 
has it on special for $25.54 or $22.99 for Bookworld Citizens. The price 
includes postage within Australia. The Bookworld specials page can be found at 
http://www.bookworld.com.au/click-frenzy?utm_campaign=2014-08-26+BW+Click+Frenzy+#1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Bookworld+Master+Subscription 

>> 
>> The usual disclaimers apply, except that I am somewhat cheesed off because I 
bought my copy at a somewhat higher price. 

>> 
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Subject: Re: "Where Song Began" on special
From: Dave Torr <davidtorr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:09:48 +1000
Have just read it (from local library) and a great read!
On 26 Aug 2014 12:58, "Carl Clifford"  wrote:

> For those who have not yet bought Tim Low's "Where Song Began", Bookworld
> has it on special for $25.54 or $22.99 for Bookworld Citizens. The price
> includes postage within Australia. The Bookworld specials page can be found
> at
> 
http://www.bookworld.com.au/click-frenzy?utm_campaign=2014-08-26+BW+Click+Frenzy+#1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Bookworld+Master+Subscription 

>
> The usual disclaimers apply, except that I am somewhat cheesed off because
> I bought my copy at a somewhat higher price.
>
> Carl Clifford
> 
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Subject: "Where Song Began" on special
From: Carl Clifford <carlsclifford AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:57:07 +1000
For those who have not yet bought Tim Low's "Where Song Began", Bookworld has 
it on special for $25.54 or $22.99 for Bookworld Citizens. The price includes 
postage within Australia. The Bookworld specials page can be found at 
http://www.bookworld.com.au/click-frenzy?utm_campaign=2014-08-26+BW+Click+Frenzy+#1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Bookworld+Master+Subscription 


The usual disclaimers apply, except that I am somewhat cheesed off because I 
bought my copy at a somewhat higher price. 


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Subject: Re: RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail)
From: Kev Lobotomi <kevlobotomi AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:55:59 +1000
Hey NIkolas
I've seen them a few times by the side of the main road to Port Arthur. I'll 
let you know if I see one this weekend. I think I saw a Long-tailed Mouse hop 
across the road to Fortescue Bay about a year ago as well.-Kevin Bartram 

 
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail)
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> Hi,
> 
> Has anyone seen Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) recently in the
> Hobart/Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?
> Also any recent stakeouts for Tassie and Eastern Pygmy Possum and
> Long-tailed Mouse in the Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Nikolas
> 
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Subject: Re: Southport Qld - other sea creatures
From: Alistair Poore <a.poore AT unsw.edu.au>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:28:32 +1000
On 26/08/2014 9:14 AM, Nikolas Haass wrote:
> We also saw lots of small bluebottle-like creatures, probably By-the wind
> Sailor (Velella velella), Todd saw some on a previous trip with Paul:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velella
>
We are getting away from birds, but there has been the most amazing 
influx of By-the-wind Sailors on the west coast of the US lately - many 
millions washed up on beaches. I just posted some picture of this on the 
Facebook page I maintain for my invertebrate biology students - 
https://www.facebook.com/Lobsters.to.leeches/posts/680639488697363

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Subject: RFI: Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail)
From: Nikolas Haass <n.haass1 AT uq.edu.au>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:57:17 +0000
Hi,

Has anyone seen Swamp Quail (Tassie Brown Quail) recently in the
Hobart/Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?
Also any recent stakeouts for Tassie and Eastern Pygmy Possum and
Long-tailed Mouse in the Eaglehawk Neck/Port Arthur area?

Cheers,

Nikolas


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Subject: Re: Southport Qld - other sea creatures
From: Nikolas Haass <n.haass1 AT uq.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:14:15 +0000
Todd Burrows just told me that the creature pictured on Raja's website is
a Violet Snail, probably a Common Violet Snail (Janthina janthina). They
float upside down on the ocean aided by a bubble raft secreted by the
foot. They feed on pelagic hydrozoans such as Bluebottles and By-the-wind
Sailors.
 
We also saw lots of small bluebottle-like creatures, probably By-the wind
Sailor (Velella velella), Todd saw some on a previous trip with Paul:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velella

Thanks Todd!

Cheers,

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On 26/08/14 7:22 AM, "Nikolas Haass"  wrote:

>http://www.adarman.com/Pelagics/Queensland-Pelagics/2014-August-16-Southpo
>r
>t/
>
>
>For some reason the t/ ended up in another line. If it happens again, just
>type t/ after Southpor in the browser.
>
>Cheers,
>
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>>Hi all,
>>
>>Here are some photos from the 16th August Southport pelagic:
>>http://www.adarman.com/Pelagics/Queensland-Pelagics/2014-August-16-Southp
>>o
>>r
>>t/
>>
>>Of the 18 species we saw 12 were tubenoses. The first highlight of the
>>trip was a White-headed Petrel. The Light-mantled Albatross showed a
>>cream-coloured mantle (no scalloping), a narrow eye-crescent, a black
>>bill
>>with an obvious blue sulcus, and fresh-looking remiges - likely a 3rd
>>year
>>bird. The Gibson's Albatross was an older immature/subadult female. The
>>adult Masked Booby had a whitish iris and hence was a S. d. personata.
>>Other 'good' birds were a dark intermediate morph Kermadec Petrel and a
>>Black-bellied Storm-petrel.
>>Paul will post a full trip report soon on the SOSSA website:
>>http://www.sossa-international.org/
>>
>>
>>Cheers,
>>
>>Nikolas
>>
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>>On 25/08/14 5:54 PM, "robert morris"  wrote:
>>
>>>All,
>>>
>>>Our skipper Craig has agreed to put on a special trip this Sunday once
>>>the sea has died down a bit from the east coast low that's going to hit
>>>the coast all week.
>>>
>>>Paul Walbridge is currently travelling, but will be back on line soon.
>>>Please let Paul and I know if you'd like a place on Sunday as spaces
>>>will
>>>go quickly. 
>>>
>>>2 years ago a similar low brought 5 species of albatross including
>>>Light-mantled Sooties and a white-headed Petrel. 8 days ago SE winds
>>>brought us 3 species of albatross including a Light-mantled Sooty and a
>>>white-headed Petrel.
>>>
>>>Whilst there are no guarantees, the weather patterns would suggest we'll
>>>see some good birds.
>>>
>>>The go-ahead of the trip will be subject to Paul's approval but please
>>>book early to avoid disappointment.
>>>
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>>>
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Subject: Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August now CONFIRMED
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:08:21 +1000
Guys

Paul has confirmed that we will be going out on Sunday from Southport.

If you've booked a spot, Paul will be in touch tomorrow with details.

There are probably one or two spots left - so if you're keen let Paul know.

Thanks

Rob

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> On 25 Aug 2014, at 18:15, "robert morris"  
wrote: 

> 
> All,
> 
> Our skipper Craig has agreed to put on a special trip this Sunday once the 
sea has died down a bit from the east coast low that's going to hit the coast 
all week. 

> 
> Paul Walbridge is currently travelling, but will be back on line soon. Please 
let Paul and I know if you'd like a place on Sunday as spaces will go quickly. 

> 
> 2 years ago a similar low brought 5 species of albatross including 
Light-mantled Sooties and a white-headed Petrel. 8 days ago SE winds brought us 
3 species of albatross including a Light-mantled Sooty and a white-headed 
Petrel. 

> 
> Whilst there are no guarantees, the weather patterns would suggest we'll see 
some good birds. 

> 
> The go-ahead of the trip will be subject to Paul's approval but please book 
early to avoid disappointment. 

> 
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Subject: Re: Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August and pictures from Saturday 16th August
From: Nikolas Haass <n.haass1 AT uq.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:22:26 +0000
http://www.adarman.com/Pelagics/Queensland-Pelagics/2014-August-16-Southpor
t/


For some reason the t/ ended up in another line. If it happens again, just
type t/ after Southpor in the browser.

Cheers,

Nikolas

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On 25/08/14 11:42 PM, "Nikolas Haass"  wrote:

>Hi all,
>
>Here are some photos from the 16th August Southport pelagic:
>http://www.adarman.com/Pelagics/Queensland-Pelagics/2014-August-16-Southpo
>r
>t/
>
>Of the 18 species we saw 12 were tubenoses. The first highlight of the
>trip was a White-headed Petrel. The Light-mantled Albatross showed a
>cream-coloured mantle (no scalloping), a narrow eye-crescent, a black bill
>with an obvious blue sulcus, and fresh-looking remiges - likely a 3rd year
>bird. The Gibson's Albatross was an older immature/subadult female. The
>adult Masked Booby had a whitish iris and hence was a S. d. personata.
>Other 'good' birds were a dark intermediate morph Kermadec Petrel and a
>Black-bellied Storm-petrel.
>Paul will post a full trip report soon on the SOSSA website:
>http://www.sossa-international.org/
>
>
>Cheers,
>
>Nikolas
>
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>On 25/08/14 5:54 PM, "robert morris"  wrote:
>
>>All,
>>
>>Our skipper Craig has agreed to put on a special trip this Sunday once
>>the sea has died down a bit from the east coast low that's going to hit
>>the coast all week.
>>
>>Paul Walbridge is currently travelling, but will be back on line soon.
>>Please let Paul and I know if you'd like a place on Sunday as spaces will
>>go quickly. 
>>
>>2 years ago a similar low brought 5 species of albatross including
>>Light-mantled Sooties and a white-headed Petrel. 8 days ago SE winds
>>brought us 3 species of albatross including a Light-mantled Sooty and a
>>white-headed Petrel.
>>
>>Whilst there are no guarantees, the weather patterns would suggest we'll
>>see some good birds.
>>
>>The go-ahead of the trip will be subject to Paul's approval but please
>>book early to avoid disappointment.
>>
>>Rob Morris
>>
>>Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Re: Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August and pictures from Saturday 16th August
From: Nikolas Haass <n.haass1 AT uq.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:42:49 +0000
Hi all,

Here are some photos from the 16th August Southport pelagic:
http://www.adarman.com/Pelagics/Queensland-Pelagics/2014-August-16-Southpor
t/

Of the 18 species we saw 12 were tubenoses. The first highlight of the
trip was a White-headed Petrel. The Light-mantled Albatross showed a
cream-coloured mantle (no scalloping), a narrow eye-crescent, a black bill
with an obvious blue sulcus, and fresh-looking remiges - likely a 3rd year
bird. The Gibson's Albatross was an older immature/subadult female. The
adult Masked Booby had a whitish iris and hence was a S. d. personata.
Other 'good' birds were a dark intermediate morph Kermadec Petrel and a
Black-bellied Storm-petrel.
Paul will post a full trip report soon on the SOSSA website:
http://www.sossa-international.org/


Cheers,

Nikolas

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On 25/08/14 5:54 PM, "robert morris"  wrote:

>All,
>
>Our skipper Craig has agreed to put on a special trip this Sunday once
>the sea has died down a bit from the east coast low that's going to hit
>the coast all week.
>
>Paul Walbridge is currently travelling, but will be back on line soon.
>Please let Paul and I know if you'd like a place on Sunday as spaces will
>go quickly. 
>
>2 years ago a similar low brought 5 species of albatross including
>Light-mantled Sooties and a white-headed Petrel. 8 days ago SE winds
>brought us 3 species of albatross including a Light-mantled Sooty and a
>white-headed Petrel.
>
>Whilst there are no guarantees, the weather patterns would suggest we'll
>see some good birds.
>
>The go-ahead of the trip will be subject to Paul's approval but please
>book early to avoid disappointment.
>
>Rob Morris
>
>Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Southport Qld - special trip this Sunday 31st August
From: robert morris <robert_p_morris AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:54:33 +1000
All,

Our skipper Craig has agreed to put on a special trip this Sunday once the sea 
has died down a bit from the east coast low that's going to hit the coast all 
week. 


Paul Walbridge is currently travelling, but will be back on line soon. Please 
let Paul and I know if you'd like a place on Sunday as spaces will go quickly. 


2 years ago a similar low brought 5 species of albatross including 
Light-mantled Sooties and a white-headed Petrel. 8 days ago SE winds brought us 
3 species of albatross including a Light-mantled Sooty and a white-headed 
Petrel. 


Whilst there are no guarantees, the weather patterns would suggest we'll see 
some good birds. 


The go-ahead of the trip will be subject to Paul's approval but please book 
early to avoid disappointment. 


Rob Morris

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Subject: Re: birds/other wildlife at Darwin River
From: Marie Tarrant <sittella AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:33:14 +1000
Denise,

I established a series of shallow ponds and pools of water some years back,
mainly for the birds.   I’ve used containers such as old shower bases, bath
tubs and bin lids and ran them along a stretch of garden sheltered amongst
shrubs and trees.  The differing depths work really well and are easy to
keep topped up.  Different birds prefer different depths of water when they
come into to bath and drink.  The area is dry eucalypt running down into
vine rainforest scrub and this series of shallow ponds and pools of water
has been a lifesaver in times of drought and unnaturally high temperatures
we had last year in SEQ.

regards,

Marie Tarrant


On 25 August 2014 12:04, Denise Goodfellow 
wrote:

> We’ve had a very unseasonal run of cool weather and very low humidity.
> The result here at Darwin River is that it’s very dry.  We’re managing to
> keep our young trees, vegetables and other plants watered, plus water in
> our one pond, but that’s about all.
>
> My plan was to put in a series of shallow ponds, and for a few reasons.
> In the Wet the braided woodland at the bottom of our property floods, and
> rainbow fish, catfish and freshwater prawns abound (this is the time to see
> Black Bittern on our property).  The ponds allow us to keep those fish and
> aquatic fauna through the Dry.  Secondly the ponds will supply water to
> birds such as our resident flock of Partridge Pigeons.  Presently they’re
> toddling across the road to the neighbour’s drip irrigation system, and one
> careless driver could knock off the lot in one go.
>
> Because of the good Wet Season and this low humidity the risk of fire is
> even greater this year.  We’ve got rid of most of the Gamba and Mission
> Grass, tall weeds that can go up like a bomb in a fire (our volunteer fire
> brigade are finding now that their fire-retardant uniforms are not enough
> to protect them from such fires).  And I’ve raked out huge amounts of spear
> grass, particularly around our very old eucalypts and hollow logs.  So if
> there is a fire, it should be relatively cool.
>
> The areas of open forest that we burnt last Wet Season are largely
> grass-free, except for native species such as Themeda triandra, and
> Ectrosia and Eriachne  spp.  etc.  But low-growing grevilleas and other
> plants are now covering the burnt ground, offering shelter to a range of
> fauna.
>
> It will be interesting to see the results of this burning next Wet.
> Hopefully, our efforts will help to protect the Partridge Pigeon and other
> fauna and flora here.
>
>
> Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
> PO Box 71
> Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
>
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Subject: birds/other wildlife at Darwin River
From: Denise Goodfellow <goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:34:20 +0930
Weve had a very unseasonal run of cool weather and very low humidity. The 
result here at Darwin River is that its very dry. Were managing to keep our 
young trees, vegetables and other plants watered, plus water in our one pond, 
but thats about all. 


My plan was to put in a series of shallow ponds, and for a few reasons. In the 
Wet the braided woodland at the bottom of our property floods, and rainbow 
fish, catfish and freshwater prawns abound (this is the time to see Black 
Bittern on our property). The ponds allow us to keep those fish and aquatic 
fauna through the Dry. Secondly the ponds will supply water to birds such as 
our resident flock of Partridge Pigeons. Presently theyre toddling across the 
road to the neighbours drip irrigation system, and one careless driver could 
knock off the lot in one go. 


Because of the good Wet Season and this low humidity the risk of fire is even 
greater this year. Weve got rid of most of the Gamba and Mission Grass, tall 
weeds that can go up like a bomb in a fire (our volunteer fire brigade are 
finding now that their fire-retardant uniforms are not enough to protect them 
from such fires). And Ive raked out huge amounts of spear grass, particularly 
around our very old eucalypts and hollow logs. So if there is a fire, it should 
be relatively cool. 


The areas of open forest that we burnt last Wet Season are largely grass-free, 
except for native species such as Themeda triandra, and Ectrosia and Eriachne 
spp. etc. But low-growing grevilleas and other plants are now covering the 
burnt ground, offering shelter to a range of fauna. 


It will be interesting to see the results of this burning next Wet. Hopefully, 
our efforts will help to protect the Partridge Pigeon and other fauna and flora 
here. 

 

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

PhD candidate 
goodfellow AT bigpond.com.au

Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
Founding Member: Australian Federation of Graduate Women Northern Territory
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Subject: Birdline Victoria Weekly Update
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Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:03:26 +1000
   Birdline Victoria

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Sun 24 Aug Latham's Snipe Heathdale Glen Orden Wetland, Werribee 3030
   At 1750 hours, I observed two Snipe that flushed at this Wetland. The
   first returns I have observed for this season at this location.
   Peter Gibbons
   Beach Stone Curlew Anderson Inlet, Inverloch.
   Single Bush Stone Curlew still on mud flats near Screw Creek nature
   walk.
   Dave Dickson
   Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Rufous Songlark Hicks Road (Yarrawonga)
   One recently arrived Sharpie at the east end of the wetland in drying
   shallows. Also first spring return of Rufous Songlark in full song.
   Michael Ramsey
   Sat 23 Aug Blue-faced Honeyeater Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
   Three individuals flying free near the entrance to the gorilla
   enclosures. I've never seen them this far south.
   Gary Oliver
   Beach Stone-Curlew Screw Creek, Inverloch
   Beach Stone-Curlew still present at Screw Creek. Was seen sheltering
   amongst rocks at low tide, approximately 100m from bridge.
   Robyn & Nick Goode
   Brolga Rokewood Shelford Road. east of Rokewood
   Two brolga in wet area near side of road.
   Noel and Lynne Billing
   Plumed Whistling Ducks Railway Dam, Canola Depot, Willaura
   260 birds resting beside dam, counted by two individuals and then seen
   again at the 'poo farm' in the afternoon
   Samantha Greiner & BirdLife Hamilton members
   Pectoral Sandpiper etc Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   1 Pectoral Sandpiper in worn breeding plumage seen in the 5W
   Conservation Ponds 5W - the one just south-west of the intersection of
   the South Rd. It was with a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper also in worn
   breeding plumage. Other highlights include: a pair of Brolgas at the
   T-Section Lagoons; 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in the T-Section Lagoons;
   1 Black Falcon on the fence next to the Spit.
   Scott Baker, Merv Marsh, Kevin Bartram
   White-winged Triller, Brown Songlark, Banded Lapwing, White-winged
   Fairy-wrens Gladfield South
   A scout around the plains west of Pyramid Hill turned up an early male
   Triller on the move through, a displaying Brown Songlark, 6 Banded
   Lapwings, numerous White-winged Fairy-wrens and Zebra Finches, Stubble
   Quail calling, a Peregrine, Pied Butcherbird and White-fronted Chats
   feeding young. Not bad for a few treeless paddocks !
   Simon Starr
   Fri 22 Aug Wood sandpiper Dandenong Valley Wetlands, Rowville (Rigby's
   Wetlands)
   One solitary bird as observed on Saturday 16 August
   Stephan Megroz
   Thu 21 Aug Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
   About 6- 8 birds seen near the Pearson Street side of the Park where
   previously reported.
   Nick Koutoulis
   Southern Boobook Valley Reserve, Mt Waverley
   Boobook seen this afternoon at Valley Res` being harassed by usual
   suspects.
   Chris Gittins
   Swift Parrot, Crimson Rosella Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   3 male Swift Parrot seen in flowering Sugar Gum at woodlot along Pt
   Wilson Rd this morning around 0930hrs. Also there a roving band of
   Crimson Rosella which is a rare bird for the plant. Fairy Martin is
   returning in good numbers now and I saw one and heard two other
   Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo in saltmarsh at T-section and Western Lagoon.
   Steve Davidson
   Wed 20 Aug Intermediate Egret & Latham's Snipe Lake Colac Bird
   Sanctuary
   Went down looking for a few Snipe a friend told me about. I was lucky
   enough to find the Snipe and an Intermediate Egret. Also lots of other
   species including several Swans nesting, Yellow-billed and Royal
   Spoonbills, a Pacific Heron and 2 Great Egrets in breeding plumage.
   Adam Fry
   Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
   At least 8 swift parrots still present this afternoon (4pm). All seen
   at the Pearson Street end of the park feeding on tall flowering gums.
   Richard Arnold
   Song Thrush Dundee St, Reservoir
   1 seen in a private backyard this morning
   Matt Vinicombe
   Tue 19 Aug Swift Parrot (2) Monash University Clayton Campus
   2 Swift Parrot seen in usual area today feeding in natives. Seems like
   there is a small number hanging around at the moment.
   James Mustafa
   Mon 18 Aug Swift Parrot Gilpin Park, Brunswick
   Feeding near Pearson Street. Witnessed several interactions with Noisy
   Miners.
   Debbie Lustig
   Sun 17 Aug Powerful Owl Dandenong Ranges National Park ,Old Coach Rd
   The Basin
   Des and Jeremy Palmer
   Sat 16 Aug White-winged Chough Viewbank (Melbourne)
   Flock of 7 foraging among red gums at end of Martins Lane. 10
   Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in wattles nearby.
   Richard Loyn & Debbie Tully
   Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Spotted Harrier, 70 Neophemas, 30 Double-banded
   Plover Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)
   3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the T-Section Lagoons & 2 at the Western
   Conservation Ponds (=5). Also around 70 Neophemas seen at the saltmarsh
   south of the T-section Lagoons, presumably all Blue-winged Parrots. A
   few hundred Curlew Sandpipers, around 6 Red-necked Stints, about 30
   Double-banded Plovers also at T-section. 1 adult Spotted Harrier on
   fence post on Pt Wilson Rd. 1 Glossy Ibis, Western Conservation Ponds.
   Kevin Bartram
   Noisy Friarbird Price Park, Viewbank
   The Noisy Friarbird was living up to its name at 9:30am, so it was very
   easy to find in the gum trees below the toilets. It kept chasing
   Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Red Wattlebirds over the houses and into
   the tall trees 100m away, only to return to its preferred gum tree
   after about a minute. (In addition, at least 4 Swift Parrots were seen
   feeding at 11am in Car Park 8 of La Trobe University Campus.)
   Reza Mohammed


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Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:02:34 +1000
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Subject: Birdline Western Australia Weekly Update
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Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:03:51 +1000
   Birdline Western Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Fri 22 Aug Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrubbird, Western Whipbird
   Cheynes Beach Caravan Park and Arpenteur Nature Reserve
   Over 2 days, a total of 16 Western Bristlebird recorded, 8 Noisy
   Scrubbird and 7 Western Whipbird
   Greg Roberts
   Thu 21 Aug Pilbara (Striated) Grasswren Marble Bar / Woodstock Road
   Finally. Thanks to those who offered advice esp Fred van Gessel and
   Richard Alcorn. In the end we found it at a previously unreported
   location which was very satisfying. GPS 21 19 47.0 S : 119 36 33.5 E
   Jean & Paul Newman
   Tue 19 Aug Gouldian Finches Frontage of Council Offices Wyndham at
   6.40am
   Approx 200 Gouldian finches drinking from puddles on the entrance road
   into the Wyndham Council Offices including one banded bird clearly seen
   in photograph.
   David Simpson
   Crested (Western) Shrike-tit Nornalup Inlet
   2 near Coalmine Caravan Park
   Greg Roberts


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Subject: Birdline Northern Territory Weekly Update
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Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:02:21 +1000
   Birdline Northern Territory

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Sat 23 Aug Asian Dowitcher Lee Point
   Reported by Angie Marles. Apparently two birds (with some leftover
   breeding plumage) seen at Lee Point.
   Amanda Lilleyman on behalf of Angie Marles
   Tue 19 Aug Black Bittern Mary River wetlands cruise from Rockhole Rd,
   Mary River NP
   Single dark bird (male I assume) flushed up from water's edge at 08.30
   by cruise boat - perched in clear sight on branch for some time giving
   great views. Stayed still until we departed.
   Janine Duffy, Roger Smith, Jo & Mark Alderman, Cathja Maas, Caz
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Subject: Birdline Central & Southern Queensland Weekly Update
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Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:01:22 +1000
   Birdline Central & Southern Queensland

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Sun 24 Aug Regent Bowerbird Landsborough-Maleny Road, Bald Knob
   Single male flew above traffic from one side of the road to the other,
   about 1 pm.
   Mandy Todd
   Swift Parrots (6); Long-billed Corella (2) Gould Adams Park, Kingston
   Although it was still drizzling, we saw six Swift Parrots in their
   regular feeding tree this morning at around 8:30. Three Corellas then
   flew in - one yellowish Little, and two very white Long-billed
   Corellas. Interestingly, only the Little was calling in flight.
   Elliot Leach; Jess Mackie
   Northern Giant Petrel Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island)
   Highlights of a morning seawatch were a close in Northern Giant Petrel
   that flew south at 11.30. Also 200+ Hutton's Shearwaters early on,lots
   of Common Noddies, 40 Aus Gannets, 30 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and a
   few Little Terns
   Stuart pickering
   Common Sandpiper Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
   Two birds seen this afternoon feeding along the muddy edge of the canal
   (as previously reported by Brian & Meg Johnson). Later the birds sought
   shelter from the wind and settled down in the grass on the other side.
   Directions to find - carpark at the end of Harbour Promenade. In the
   canal to the left of the Marina Sales Office.
   Rick Franks & Felicia Chan
   Sat 23 Aug Latham's Snipe Minnippi Parklands
   1 roosting on bank between the two bodies of water (very low level).
   Arthur & Sheryl Keates
   powerful owl brookfield
   Adult feeding chick in tree along Moggill Creek. Birds are heard in
   area regularly. Chick still very white and prey either ringtail possum
   or young brushtail. Two adult brushtails seen close by.
   justin watson
   Common Sandpiper Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
   The lone Common Sandpiper was there again this morning between 8 & 9 am
   - feeding in the short grasses under heavy rain. Nearby were 2
   Double-banded Plovers in full breeding plumage and 5 Pacific Golden
   Plovers with one in remnant breeding colour.
   Brian & Meg Johnson
   Fri 22 Aug Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Private Property Middle road,
   Milford Boonah 4310
   One bird feeding with many other Honeyeaters in flowering Grevilleas
   Most unusual for this district.
   Wendy Dunn, Kim Herbert, Neil Strode
   Brolga Henry Road Griffin
   A pair of Brolgas still able to be seen in the paddocks to the left
   just after the turn off from Dohles Rocks Road. Photo taken from Henry
   Road .
   Ken Doy
   Common Sandpiper Pacific Harbour Marina, Bribie Island
   One 'teetering' sandpiper found this morning at high tide bathing in a
   rainwater puddle beside a cement walkway. Poor photos and a short video
   were captured on the phone.
   Brian & Meg Johnson
   Thu 21 Aug Swift Parrot Gould Adams Park
   At least in excess of 12 Swift Parrots still present between 7am and
   10.30 am. Seems to be concentrating at trees next to Scrubby creek
   where the access into the park widens and allows for a parking area on
   the RHS. Birds were chased by Noisy Miners and were seldom still for a
   few minutes.
   Peter Odekerken
   Noisy Pitta Redcliffe Botanical Gardens, Redcliffe
   Bird along rainforest track behind permaculture garden. Seems to have
   made its way to a very isolated patch of forest.
   Chris Attewell
   White eared Monarch Gold Creek Reservoir
   Responded to bird calls and presented itself for about an hour just
   over the walk bridge area near the toilets.
   Lloyd Bullock
   Wed 20 Aug Musk Duck Martin's Creek lagoons, Toogoom
   We were very surprised to find a female Musk Duck which surfaced from a
   dive right in front of us while doing a morning survey. This is nearly
   the northern limit for this bird. 4 twitchers present - observed the
   bird for 20 minutes.
   Brian & Meg Johnson
   Noisy Pitta Murrumba Downs--John Oxley Reserve
   Flushed from under saltmarsh meadow boardwalk early this morning
   Chris Attewell
   Mon 18 Aug Black Kite Holden Place, Bundall
   Two birds moving west into the strong westerly wind.
   Todd Burrows
   Tue 5 Aug Musk Lorikeet Currawinya National Park
   Pairs were sighted on three consecutive days, with four birds seen
   together on two days. Birds were seen near the southern boundary of the
   park, adjacent to Hungerford - Eulo Rd feeding on blossoms of Yapunyah
   trees (E. ochrophloia) The bird photographed was one of a pair feeding
   in front of the Paroo River Trading Post in the main street of
   Hungerford, 1.6km from the N.P . boundary.
   Neil Schultz


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Subject: Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update
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Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:02:45 +1000
   Birdline Tasmania

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Sat 23 Aug Azure Kingfisher Sisters Beach, NW
   Single bird fishing at Sisters Creek footbridge on a low tide.
   Richard Ashby
   Thu 21 Aug White-necked Heron Bass Hwy south of Rocky Cape National
   Park
   Single bird flying.
   Richard Ashby
   Sun 17 Aug Lewin's Rail Oyster Cove at the usual site
   One Lewin's Rail in creek bed below second bridge this time so slightly
   further east. Only visible at low tide.
   Els Wakefield and Lachie Clark


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Subject: Birdline New South Wales Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:01:38 +1000
   Birdline New South Wales

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Sun 24 Aug Wandering Albatross Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
   Highlights of the Sunday SOSSA pelagic were approx. 20 Wandering-type
   Albatross (13 of which were exulans). Again not a single Cape Petrel
   and also no Giant-petrels on either trip. A detailed trip report and
   pictures will be posted on the SOSSA website soon
   Nikolas Haass and all on the Sandra K
   Southern Boobook Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
   8.30pm Southern Boobook calling from a thick Norfolk Island Pine near
   the entrance to Nielsen Park.
   Marie Lister
   Spotted Quail-thrush, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Jacky Winter
   McMahons Creek Rd, Yarramundi
   Along McMahons Creek Rd I had 2 Spotted Quail-thrush calling on the
   ridge at the end of the road, a Common Bronzewing, Brown Cuckoo-dove,
   Peaceful Doves, numerous Fuscous and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, Jacky
   Winters, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Weebills, 2 Restless Flycatchers,
   Crested Shrike-tit, Varied Sitellas and also heard an Azure Kingfisher
   at the creek.
   Edwin Vella
   Black Bittern, Grey Goshawk Yarramundi Reserve
   On my walk along the river at Yarramundi Reserve, I saw a Black Bittern
   (flushed beside the river at the end of the eastern trail. This is only
   the second time I have seen one here), an Intermediate Egret, a Grey
   Goshawk, an adult White-bellied sea-eagle, quite a number of
   Bar-shouldered and a few Peaceful Dove, at least 3 Azure Kingfishers,
   Olive-backed Orioles, Fan-tailed and Shining Bronze-cuckoos, quite a
   number of both Mistletoebirds and Varied Sitellas as well as a male
   Rose Robin
   Edwin Vella
   Swift Parrot, Little Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet
   Deep Water Park Milperra
   Huge numbers of parrots and honeyeaters feeding on flowering Blue Box
   (Euc. bauriana) at Deepwater Park, Blue Gum Farm entrance, this
   morning. Amongst 1,000+ deafening Musk Lorikeets we found 2 Swift
   Parrots in the picnic area past the paintball complex. They were
   sitting still in the top of stringybark for a few minutes before
   vanishing. Trying to relocate them was like looking for a needle in a
   hay stack with so many noisy lorikeets. 2 pairs of Little Lorikeets
   flew over. Several pairs of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, some with newly
   fledged dependant young. Heaps of Rainbow Lorikeets, plus Red-rumped
   Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Galah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Little
   Corella rounded out a spectacle of parrots.
   David James & Brigitte Dawson
   Sat 23 Aug Grey Goshawk, Brown Falcons Riverstone
   Saw both Grey and Brown Goshawk at the northen end of Marsden Lane. I
   think this is the first Grey Goshawk in Riverstone despite having
   seeing them a number of times in neighbouring suburbs. I have now seen
   all of Sydney's raptors (including Spotted Harrier, Black Falcon,
   Square-tailed Kite and Little Eagle) at Riverstone apart from Osprey! I
   also had the resident pair of Brown Falcons (off Park Rd).
   Edwin Vella
   Swift Parrot Acacia Gardens
   Saw and heard a Swift Parrot flying over (and quite fast) at 8.30 am
   and heading south. Lots of Musk Lorikeets at the moment in the area.
   Edwin Vella
   Wandering-type Albatross, Pacific Gull Wattamolla, Royal National Park.
   Highlights from a sea watch off Wattamolla today was an adult Pacific
   Gull and 2 Wandering-type Albatross also about 70+ Shy-type Albatross,
   150 Black-browed Albatross, 20 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 3 Fairy
   Prions and 2 Kelp Gulls.
   michael ronan.
   Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (BARC submission in prep), White-headed
   Petrel Offshore--Wollongong pelagic
   Highlights of the Saturday pelagic were: 1 Atlantic Yellow-nosed
   Albatross (BARC submission in prep), 2 White-headed Petrels and 15-20
   Pygmy Killer Whales. Attached photos by Duade Paton. A detailed trip
   report will be posted on the SOSSA website soon.
   Nikolas Haass and all on the Sandra K
   Peregrine Falcon Middle Head, Mosman
   David Potter
   Fri 22 Aug Powerful Owl Greenwich
   Roosting in a large Turpentine near the track head to Lilli Pilli Falls
   between River Rd and the Bob Campbell Oval [7.45 a.m.]
   Ted Nixon
   Thu 21 Aug Powerful Owl Garigal NP, Forestville, Sydney
   Powerful Owl heard calling repeatedly near Natural Bridge in Garigal NP
   at 4am (21 hours into Oxfam Trailwalker)
   Andrew Taylor
   Swift Parrot 20km SE of Tottenham
   I had great views of five Swift Parrots preening themselves in the
   early morning sun in a stock reserve (about 7 kms east of Albert along
   the Melrose-Trangie Road). Maps indicate this must be about the western
   extent of their range at this latitude. Unfortunately by the time I
   went back to my car for my camera they had moved into shade and I only
   managed poor id photos. They eventually flew off in a south-easterly
   direction.
   Mark Ley
   Rainbow Bee-eaters, Double-barred Finch, Peaceful Dove Sawtell-Coffs
   Harbour
   4 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen as report of 19 Aug; also 5+ Double-barred
   Finches, and 2 Peaceful Doves.
   Peter Higgins
   Glossy Black-Cockatoo Fern Gully Reserve Nelson Bay
   Saw 5 Glossy Black-Cockatoos land in a Eucalypt near my back fence in
   Navala Avenue. Saw the red in the tail feathers on landing then
   observed with binoculars. They flew to nearby pine tree. We have many
   She-oaks in surrounding bushland. Have been hearing & seeing them fly
   over for 2 weeks. Checked the call on Morcombe iPhone app.
   Marea Diemar, Tomaree Birdwatcher member
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Middle Cove
   Channel-billed Cuckoo calling again this morning so he's sticking
   around the area
   Lorna Bloom
   Wed 20 Aug Wandering Albatross and Southern Giant Petrel Mistral Pt,
   Maroubra
   Another Wandering (type) Albatross, 1 juvenile Southern Giant Petrel, 1
   Brown Skua, 3 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, 30 Shy Albatross, 25
   Black-browed Albatross and several hundred Fluttering Shearwaters
   feeding just beyond the surf break today. Still hundreds of Huttons
   Shearwaters going north and south in flocks of 15 or so. We also saw a
   bird which was a strong juvenile Salvin's Albatross candidate
   [Moderator's note: Juvenile White-capped Albatross (steadi) can look
   very similar to Salvin's at this time of the year].
   David Mitford, Ray Gobbe and Robert Griffin
   Tue 19 Aug Rainbow Bee-eaters, Double-barred Finch, Peaceful Dove
   Sawtell-Coffs Harbour
   10 Rainbow Bee-eaters seen at northern end of access track that runs
   west of the north coast rail-line between Boambee Creek and the
   northern end of Coffs Airport; they do not winter here (not seen here
   since end of last summer, and not seen here in previous winters) but
   occur regularly in spring-summer. Also saw a couple of small parties of
   Double-barred Finches (2 and 5) with many Red-browed Finches; 3 Brown
   Quail; and single Peaceful Dove, which recorded along this track
   previously but rarely elsewehere in wider Sawtell-Coffs area.
   Peter Higgins
   Great-winged Petrel and Wandering Albatross Mistral Pt, Maroubra
   8 Great-winged Petrels, 1 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and 1 Wandering
   (type) Albatross were the highlights today.
   David Mitford and Ray Gobbe
   Glossy Ibis Llewellyn Rd wetlands, Casino
   Significantly dried-out wetlands, but 14 Glossy Ibis feeding on margins
   Russ Lamb
   Superb Parrot Barrier HWY, between Nyngan and Cobar
   Saw three flocks of Superb Parrots with an estimated 80 birds in each
   flock. The parrots were feeding on spilt grain on the roadside. When I
   stopped to watch one flock, I observed numerous birds being struck and
   killed by every passing vehicle. Based on the mortalities I observed in
   just a short period, vehicle collisions must exact a huge toll on this
   species. [Moderator's note (NH): This is heartbreaking. Would be good
   if temporary speed limits could be introduced in situations like this.]
   James Rees
   Great-winged Petrel, Buller's Albatross, Fairy Prion Sydney Harbour
   National Park--North Head
   Highlights from a sea watch this afternoon were 30+ Great-winged
   Petrels 1 Buller's Albatross and 1 lone Fairy Prion.
   michael ronan
   Pacific Baza McCarthy Rd Coutts Crossing, nr Grafton
   10.30 am I was at a property when a Pacific Baza flew into the under
   storey of a bottlebrush about 3 m away and about 1.5 m from the ground.
   It kept leaning forward and moving its head to see around the trunk of
   the tree as it watched us for over a minute. It then dropped down onto
   garden pots and foraged and then returned to the original perch where
   it again moved to a perch where it had a clear view of us. It appeared
   unperturbed as it moved around to watch us. It then flew about 10 m
   onto the fence around the vegetable garden and appeared to look
   intently into vegetable patch as it moved from post to post.
   Warren Thompson
   Red-rumped Parrot Narellan
   28 Red-rumped Parrots feeding on back oval of Magdalene Catholic High
   School. The most Red-rumped Parrots I've seen in the Narellan area.
   Lorne Johnson
   Mon 18 Aug Regent Honeyeater, Little Friarbird, Rufous Songlark Giants
   Creek (north west of Sandy Hollow, Hunter Valley)
   4, possibly 5 Regent Honeyeaters found late yesterday afternoon feeding
   on Caley's Ironbark (E. caleyi) blossom in the Giants Creek valley,
   about 1.8km north of the Stairs Road intersection. There are many large
   honeyeaters dominating these and Mugga Ironbarks that are flowering
   well (including a Little Friarbird calling, reasonably rare in the
   Hunter, but mostly Noisy Friarbird, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater and Red
   Wattlebird). I found a patch that also had smaller honeyeaters and it
   was here that I located at least 4 Regent Honeyeaters (all 4 were in
   the one tree). The 2 birds that I saw / photographed well enough did
   not have bands. Of significance there were 4 Regent Honeyeaters seen in
   flowering E. caleyi south of Merriwa on the 27th July. A Rufous
   Songlark singing nearby is an early arrival.
   Mick Roderick
   Great-winged Petrel Mistral Pt, Maroubra
   15 Great-winged Petels today, a few came in close and looked like
   typical gouldii. Hundreds of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Hutton's
   Shearwaters and Fluttering Shearwaters seen in horrible conditions. A
   few Shy Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, 2 Brown Skuas and a Giant
   Petrel (sp). Significantly no other species of Albatross or Petrel
   seen, no Prions, no White-fronted Terns and no Kelp Gulls.
   David Mitford
   Pied Butcherbird North Cremorne, Willoughby Bay
   During the past week, on 3 different mornings I heard an unusual
   birdcall, repeated many times on each occasion between 5-5.30am. I
   recorded the call on a video (iPhone) later identifying it as that of a
   Pied Butcherbird. I compared the call to recording of Pied Butcherbird
   calls in the Pizzey & Knight iPhone Application. It resembles closely
   to the first of 4 calls provided: Dawn calls race nigrogularis.
   Camilla, QLD, by Fred van Gissel. Also in part to that of the following
   call: Male song race nigrogularis. Widden Valley, Baerami, NSW, Fred
   van Gissel. This call was also identified by my partner, who listened
   to the actual call, and later to the recorded authentic call. The call
   was coming from the direction of Northbridge Golf course. Lots of Grey
   Butcherbirds around, but Pied is unusual.
   Jack Shapiro
   Channel-billed Cuckoo Terrigal
   Heard calling in flight Above Port Jackson Rd, Terrigal
   Jeff Drudge
   Sun 17 Aug Square-tailed Kite Sawtell
   Single Square-tailed Kite seen drifting southwards. Unusually, very few
   records here this year.
   Peter Higgins
   Buller's Albatross, adult Giant-Petrel sp. Mona Vale Headland
   2 hour sea watch 2:20-4:20pm. Single Buller's Albatross seen very close
   in approx 2:30; adult Giant-Petrel sp. seen close in approx 4:15. (very
   pale - almost white - head). In between the highlights lots of
   Fluttering-type Shearwaters (mostly heading north); 6 Wedge-tailed
   Shearwaters, several Shy-type Albatross and a Fairy Penguin - the
   latter being slowly destroyed and eaten by a Fur Seal off Bungan Head.
   Also 2 Humpback Whales, both heading south. [Moderator's note (NH): The
   adult GP is interesting as by far the majority of GPs seen in the area
   are juveniles and young immature birds. Nowadays the majority of GPs
   off NSW are NGPs. Unfortunately, the description does not allow
   identification to species level. A very pale - almost white - head does
   not rule out NGP. Old adult NGPs get very white-headed too. No details
   regarding the bill tip were seen (in the distance the red tip in NGP
   appears dark, while the greenish tip of SGP appears concolourous with
   the bill body). Comment by Jeff Davies: NGP with a white head also is
   extensively mottled pale dorsally all over with lots of pale fringes,
   SGP usually show a more discrete white head against a more evenly
   darker rest of body with white eventually starting along the leading
   edge of the wing with age.]
   Tom Wilson
   Brahminy Kite Lake Macquarie (lower)
   A male Osprey was eating in a tree when a Brahminy Kite swooped on him,
   then chased him around aggressively for ten minutes. The Osprey then
   returned to the tree with his fish, followed by the Kite, who then
   retreated to the lake.
   Rebecca Citroni
   Sat 16 Aug White-winged Triller, Pallid Cuckoo, Rufous Songlark,
   White-cheeked Honeyeater Cumbo (near Munghorn Gap, Upper Hunter Valley)
   Several singing Rufous Songlarks and singles of Pallid Cuckoo and
   White-winged Triller are early returns for the Upper Hunter. Also a few
   Fairy Martins in the area. Dean Ingwersen saw a White-cheeked
   Honeyeater in a flowering Mugga Ironbark along Cumbo Road - an unusual
   sighting this far west in the Hunter.
   Mick Roderick and Dean Ingwersen
   Square-tailed Kite Fagan Park, Galston
   A Square-tailed Kite seen flying low above children's play area at
   Fagan Park.
   Carl Corden


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Subject: Birdline North Queensland Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:02:05 +1000
   Birdline North Queensland

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Sun 24 Aug Channel-billed Cuckoo Kelso Borrow Pits
   Flew in from North calling, into a tall tree and called for the next
   hour or so. My 1st for season.
   Ed Pierce
   Sat 23 Aug Lovely Fairy-wren Tyto Wetlands
   Male Lovely Fairy-wren in understorey near footbridge by osprey nest
   tree in Tyto Wetlands today. Species seldom seen in Tyto and first time
   in 10 years I've seen any so far east (usually near western boundary,
   if at all). Presumed female glimpsed. Fair pic of male
   Tony Ashton
   Fri 22 Aug Southern Cassowary Paluma Village
   Upon heading down the mountain, just outside Paluma Village on the side
   of the road opposite the old quarry.
   Andrew O'Brien
   Topknot Pigeon Kewarra Beach(Cairns)
   About 25 Topknot Pigeon flying relatively low above Captain Cook
   Highway; probably coming from the Paradise Palms golf course area.
   Possibly seen two days ago in the same area, but it was then too far
   for safe ID. Also on same day seen the first return of roughly 20 Pied
   Imperial Pigeons.
   G. Santos
   Mon 18 Aug Emu Kenton Station, Majors Creek (restricted access)
   Emu seen on Webb Rd which is a public rd, just over Major Creek on the
   Woodstock-Giru Rd. 1 Emu seen this evening but recently 4 have been
   seen eating small red berries in paddock where small crops have been
   grown. Possibly the same small group reported previously from Quigley
   Rd 2013.
   Joan Wharton,


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Subject: Birdline Australian Capital Territory Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:01:11 +1000
   Birdline Australian Capital Territory

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.

   Sun 24 Aug Black Kite Mount Painter Nature Reserve
   First circled low over the northern slopes and then ended up climbing
   the same thermal as a Little Eagle on the eastern side of Mount Painter
   at just after 12 noon.
   Martin Edvardsson


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Subject: Birdline Australia Weekly Update
From: notifications AT eremaea.com
Date: 25 Aug 2014 10:00:55 +1000
   Birdline Australia

   Published sightings for the week ending 24 Aug 2014.


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Subject: Re: New Zealand Pelagic
From: "Neville Pamment" <n.pamment AT bigpond.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:01:20 +1000
James

Chris Gaskin's day trip pelagics in the Hauraki Gulf are a must. See 
http://www.kiwi-wildlife.co.nz/chris_gaskin.php
I have been out with him twice and seen NZ Storm-Petrel on both occasions 
plus many other birds. Chris has played a major role in the rediscovery of 
the NZ Storm-Petrel, including the recent discovery of its previously 
unknown nesting site. The boat passes close to the some of the Hauraki Gulf 
islands, so you may also get a distant glimpse of some birds rare on the 
mainland (Kaka, Red-capped Parrot,  etc).

Re other sites: try at all costs to get to Kapiti Island (bookings 
required - try for an overnight stay), Tiritiri Matangi Island, Ulva Island 
[Stewart Island], and Wingspan raptor park near Rotorua. I have just 
returned from the North Island, finally seeing NZ Falcon for the first time 
from the peak of Maungatautari Scenic Reserve, plus another amazing view of 
it from a friend's verandah in suburban Tauranga.

Cheers
Neville Pamment




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Subject: Ken Simpson Obit in The Age
From: "Wendy McWilliams" <wendy AT wmcpr.com.au>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:45:59 +1000
There is a very good obituary in today's The Age, which is good to see.

He made a huge contribution to Australia's natural environment.

 

Wendy McWilliams

Glen Waverley

 



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Subject: NEW Zealand Pelagics
From: "Chris Lloyd" <pezoporus AT bigpond.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:18:51 +1000
Kaikoura is definitely a great trip. I would add, though not strictly
pelagic, is the boat tours around Stewart Island. We managed to get a few
albatross, penguins (on shore and in the water), skua and sundry others
while cruising around. The Doubtful Sound trip is in the same category,
albeit expensive, as they cruise the Fiordland Crested colony and there we
saw sundries like Giant Petrels, shearwaters spp. and various
Charadriformes. The White Island cruise did not provide much on the various
times I have done it beyond storm-petrels and a view of the gannetry, it is
however a nice trip to a volcano. Boating/ferrying around the Hauraki Gulf
can also throw up some interesting birds. Ciao



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Subject: Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest
From: "Birdpedia - Australia Info" <info AT birdpedia.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:05:05 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
Monday, August 18, 2014 to Sunday, August 24, 2014: 


Area: SA

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Location: Flinders Ranges NP - Bunyeroo Gorge Rd

Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor) (1) 3 females and 1 male sighted from road.

Crimson Chats flew into low bushes & noticed only as we'd stopped to track some 
Dusky Woodswallows. Male displayed briefly before the flock flew off. 


Reported by: Michelle Foster on Monday, August 18, 2014

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

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Location: Basket Range - Intersection of Knotts Hill Road and Hunter Road

Rose Robin (Petroica rosea) (1) Accessible from Ashton via Marble Hill Road and 
Pound Road. Note: Hunters Road from Adelaide-Lobethal Road is currently closed. 

 
Behaviour:
Male in superb plumage flitting around in the trees above the creek (Deep 
Creek). 


Reported by: Joseph Dafoe on Monday, August 18, 2014

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

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Location: Flinders Ranges NP - just N of Brachina Gorge rd & Flinders Way.

Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons) (1) At least 10 Orange Chats of both sexes 
flying between low shrubs before flying across Flinders Way rd & moving down 
between shrubs in the directionof Brachina Gorge rd. 


Reported by: Michelle Foster on Monday, August 18, 2014

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

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Location: -35.160332, 138.483130 Onkarparinga Estuary 1km East of Commercial 
Road 


Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) (1) 6 Adult birds flushed from low grass and 
rank vegetation 


Reported by: David Kowalick on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Location: Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens

White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) (1) During field trip to Mt Lofty 
Botanic Gardens. Three all told, one being fed. Photo attached. 


Reported by: Gordon Pateman on Friday, August 22, 2014

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

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Location: Brimarvi Road,2.5 Km east of Finniss

Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) (1) Single adult feeding in paddock 
adjacent to the Acacia pinguifolia reserve. 


Reported by: Nathaniel Doecke on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Subject: Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross & Pygmy Killer Whales off Wollongong
From: Nikolas Haass <n.haass1 AT uq.edu.au>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:05:33 +0000
Hi all,

Highlights of the Saturday SOSSA pelagic were: 1 Atlantic Yellow-nosed 
Albatross (BARC submission in prep), 2 White-headed Petrels and 15-20 Pygmy 
Killer Whales. 

Highlights of the Sunday SOSSA pelagic were approx. 20 Wandering-type Albatross 
(13 of which were exulans). 

Again not a single Cape Petrel and also no Giant-petrels on either trip.
A detailed trip report and pictures will be posted on the SOSSA website soon: 
http://www.sossa-international.org/ 


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Subject: Fwd: Gibb River Road - trip report
From: Bruce Greatwich <roostapoppa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:18:50 +0800
Hi - a trip report for those interested of my recent drive across the Gibb
River road in the Kimberley.

The trip didnt go to plan, with vehicle issues forcing me to abandon
initial plans to make the detour up to Mitchell Falls. In hindsight it was
probably for the best, as it allowed for longer stops at each locations.
And due to the trip being a combined family trip with my wife (Kellie) and
three year old boy (Jaxon), took the pressure off as well. And to be fair,
i now feel Mitchell Falls deserves a dedicated trip in itself, so i will
return!

The trip didnt start well, while during the long drive up from Perth, my
cooling system begun over-pressurising in my Navara, an issue i haven't
encountered before. This was forcing coolant out of my radiator and filling
up and overflowing through the expansion reservoir. We got to Roebuck Bay
caravan park, i got the RAC out and they referred me to a mechanic in
Broome. The next morning we headed straight in to Broome, the mechanic was
great. He did a head gasket check which came back fine which left a blocked
thermostat and radiator cap as potential issues. They were busy for the day
so i changed the thermostat myself in his workshop and bought him a carton
for helping me out with it, a great result.

This resulted in a days delay so the next day we headed to our first stop
along the Gibb - Windjana Gorge. We detoured in to Derby, the tide was
right up unfortunately, meaning i missed Great-billed Heron. Got a few
mangrove birds but didnt spend much time there. We arrived at Windjana
about lunch time. The Napier Range is stunning and is quite different
geology to what i have seen in other ranges around WA. I spent the
afternoon and following morning birding in the gorge and surrounding
woodlands. Picked up two Grey Goshawks as they cruised through the gorge in
the arvo which was great, my first lifer for the trip. Early morning
produced Sandstone Shrike-thrush (lifer) and an Azure Kingfisher (WA tick)
as well as all the standards. The Freshwater Crocs were nice to see.

After one night we headed to our next stop, the camp site at Mt Barnett
which goes up to Manning Gorge. It was fairly busy at the camp but it is an
excellent spot for camping. The river has nice sand along it producing
areas of little beaches, perfect for my boy Jaxon to splash around in.
While scoping the opposite bank on the first arvo, i was pleasantly
surprised to see three White-quilled Rock Pigeons (lifer) coming down for a
drink. There was also flowering Grevillea on the opposite side of the bank
with lots of honeyeater activity. Investigation produced Bar-breasted
Honeyeater, a great result (lifer). Bush Stone-curlews called throughout
the night. Early morning we trekked out to Manning Gorge (5 km return). The
gorge was lovely, but nothing special bird wise. Picked up some lifer
reptiles on the walk. In the arvo i went fishing downstream and was having
a great session on Sooty Grunter when i flushed a Black Bittern out of a
Paperbark. I got my bins on it in flight then as it perched further
downstream, i was pumped to get another WA record for this species.

The following morning i got up early and birded the woodland. This was
excellent with 42 species recorded in about 45 minutes. This included a
satisfying track down of Northern Rosella (lifer) after i heard a distant
call. Silver-backed Butcherbird was common in camp. The night before we
were due to leave, with next stops Drysdale river and Mitchell Falls, Kell
noticed a fluid under my car. A closer look showed diesel was leaking, and
the problem was a pinhole leak in the front weld of the tank. I was worried
the corrugations may open the crack further (which it did) and decided it
was too risky to do Mitchell Falls. As a result we stayed another night,
then headed to El Questro.

We got to El Questro fine, but once out of the car the single drip once
every 10 seconds had turned in to a constant drip and fuel was coming out
quite quick. There is a permanent mechanic at El Questro and he was
excellent. We drained the fuel tank and cleaned up the crack, then applied
some QuickSteel. I would highly recommend always taking this stuff on any
trip away. The QuickSteel sealed the tank, and held up all the way back to
Perth.

Birding was generally disappointing. El Questro is not my cup of tea, far
too commercialized and touristy for my liking. Plus the lack of birding
information was disappointing, especially for somewhere that markets
birdwatching as a premier attraction. Upon inquiring about birding, i was
informed no birdwatching tours were running and my best bet was to track
down a Ranger. After i tracked down a Ranger i got a hot tip that Gouldians
were drinking at a particular soak. Excellent, i headed there straight
away, only to find the soak was bone dry, no chance of Gouldians coming in
to drink there. I worked the Pandanus creek near camp pretty hard, and got
Restless Flyctacher (WA tick) and a lifer in Green-backed Gerygone which
was a good result. Somehow i have missed Radjah Shelducks on a couple of
trips north previously, so it was nice to get those on the river at camp.
More Bush Stone-curlews calling at night. Emma gorge is a stunning place.
However i was saddened that when swimming in the gorge and coming up to a
nice rocky crevice where i was expecting to find Tree Frogs, i was greeted
with a line of ugly Cane Toads.

Off to Parry Creek farm! It was nice to get to Parry Creek and talk to
staff member John who gave me some proper birding advice. Gouldian's were
my number one priority, and John advised they had been around the billabong
at camp and in town at Wyndham. An evening stake-out at the billabong for
finches produced Masked and Long-tailed Finches, and a juvenile finch which
i saw briefly which i felt was a Gouldian. Not being familiar with juvenile
finches, and not the best views, it felt stringy to call it as a Gouldian
even though i had my suspicions (subsequent views of juvenile Gouldians
confirmed this bird was indeed a Gouldian). A pair of Barking Owls called
throughout the night. The next morning i was up again early and staking out
the billabong. Masked and Long-tailed Finches were back, and i wasnt really
expecting anything, when a birding moment which i will always remember
occurred. On a scan of the grass about 20 m away an adult black headed
Gouldian literally just appeared from no where. It was surreal to see this
awesome little bird in the wild. There ended up being two adults and three
juveniles come in for a drink - i was pumped! We went in to Wyndham for a
look around, which didnt take too long, not much to see.

Marglu billabong was great, although i probably expected a little more
given how dry the country is at the moment. The billabong is said to hold
up to 10,000 birds but there was no where near these numbers. Anyway it
nice to get lifer Pied Herons everywhere. Nothing else too exciting but the
potential for good birds is excellent. Yellow Oriole was relatively easy
around camp, and the Barking Owls gave away their location just before
sundown, so i was able to get views of them. I got the scope on them and
Jaxon enjoyed watching them. The following morning i was up again early for
the Finch stake-out. At 6:13 a small number of Gouldian's arrived, and over
the next 20 minutes their numbers continued to build to 45. Only six were
adults (all black-headed) with the remainder all juveniles. Unfortunately
no red or yellow headed variations were there, but it was still fantastic
to watch these birds for 20 minutes and have views of birds foraging within
10 m of me. Something i will always remember.

As we had spare time up our sleeves, Kell was keen to head to Lake Argyle,
so off we went. A lovely camp site up on the hill over looking the dam. I
was after mannikins, as i had seen none thus far. I spent a solid two hours
in Kununurra on the Weaber Plains searching, but all i could find were
large flocks of Star Finches! I got Buff-sided Robin at Ivanhoe crossing
which was a WA tick. I finally got Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, with a nice
flock in the creekline upstream from Dead horse springs near Lake Argyle.
Unfortunately i was really after Yellow-rumped and Pictorella, both of
which would have been lifers, but i dipped out on these. White-browed Crake
at the springs was a nice surprise. The overflow area of Lake Argyle looks
fantastic. I scoped the pandanus palms from the opposite bank hard for
Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, but didnt have any luck. Im not sure if they
are there, but the habitat looks great. We finished our holiday with the
sunset boat cruise on the dam. The amount of water in the dam really is
quite incredible.

We then had three very full days of driving, which we successfully
completed to return to Perth (about 3,000 km in total). Those portable dvd
players must be one of the greatest modern inventions. I can not imagine
travelling with small kids prior to them haha. A really fantastic trip,
filled with many birding highlights, great family time and adventures. And
im excited about getting back to hit up Mitchell Falls. All up i picked up
11 lifers and 25 WA ticks, a great result. If anyone wants any more
specifics feel free to ask.

A list of birds observed from Broome onwards is below.

Cheers
Bruce

Brown Quail
Magpie Goose
Wandering Whistling Duck
Plumed Whistling Duck
Radjah Shelduck
Black Swan
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Crested Pigeon
Spinifex Pigeon
White-quilled Rock Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Little Black Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Black-necked Stork
Black Bittern
Eastern Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Pied Heron
Nankeen Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Black-breasted Buzzard
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Whistling Kite
Brahminy Kite
Black Kite
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Grey Goshawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Australian Kestrel
Brown Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Brolga
Purple Swamphen
White-browed Crake
Australian Bustard
Bush Stone-curlew
Black-fronted Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Common Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Gull-billed Tern
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Galah
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Cockatiel
Red-collared Lorikeet
Red-winged Parrot
Northern Rosella
Varied Lorikeet
Horesfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Pheasant Coucal
Brush Cuckoo
Barking Owl
Boobook Owl
Azure Kingfisher
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Red-backed Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Black-tailed Treecreeper
Great Bowerbird
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Weebill
Mangrove Gerygone
Green-backed Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone
Red-browed Pardolate
Striated Pardolate
White-gaped Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Grey-fronted Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Bar-breasted Honeyeater
Rufous-throated Honeyeater
Banded Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Silver-crowned Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Grey-crowned Babbler
Varied Sitella
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Triller
White-breasted Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Sandstone Shrike-thrush
Australasian Figbird
Yellow Oriole
Olive-backed Oriole
White-breasted Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Silver-backed Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Northern Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Torresian Crow
Leaden Flycatcher
Shining Flycatcher
Paperbark Flycacther
Magpie-lark
Jacky Winter
Lemon-breasted Flycatcher
Buff-sided Robin
Horsefield's Bushlark
Golden-headed Cisticola
Rufous Songlark
Yellow White-eye
Mistletoebird
Double-barred Finch
Long-tailed Finch
Masked Finch
Crimson Finch
Star Finch
Gouldian Finch
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin


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Subject: Re: New Zealand Pelagic
From: Chris King <chrisk58 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:39:44 +1000
Hi James

You can try this book though I did find it hard to locate the lastest edition.

Birds of New Zealand: locality guide by Stuart Chambers


Kaidoura is wonderful but we were there in February and there was
heavy fog in the previous 3 mornings before we arrived and the whale
watching boats were cancelled. I presume the pelagic trips would have
been too, so maybe allow yourself a little leeway for the weather.


Chris




On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM, Tom Tarrant  wrote:
> Hi James,
>
> Kaikoura is where to go,  have a look at this website
> 
>
> I was there a couple of years ago and it was excellent.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Tom
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM, James Mustafa 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Planning a holiday (birding trip!!!) to New Zealand for early next year and
>> I am hoping to get on a pelagic or two whilst over there. Any one got any
>> tips on where to start, how to book etc? Also any thoughts on how to use my
>> time over there would also be welcomed.
>>
>>
>> All the best,
>>
>> James Mustafa
>>
>> 0400 951 517
>> www.jamesmustafajazzorchestra.com
>> 
>>
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Subject: Re: New Zealand Pelagic
From: Tom Tarrant <aviceda AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:53:51 +1000
Hi James,

Kaikoura is where to go,  have a look at this website


I was there a couple of years ago and it was excellent.

Cheers,

Tom


On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM, James Mustafa 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Planning a holiday (birding trip!!!) to New Zealand for early next year and
> I am hoping to get on a pelagic or two whilst over there. Any one got any
> tips on where to start, how to book etc? Also any thoughts on how to use my
> time over there would also be welcomed.
>
>
> All the best,
>
> James Mustafa
>
> 0400 951 517
> www.jamesmustafajazzorchestra.com
> 
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