NOTE Steve's mention of Red-whiskered Bulbuls at Mackay. I have a letter
from Ray Leggett (the native fish expert) to me as Curator of Birds at the
Queensland Museum, which I will post (with his permission) if I ever get
back to work. In it, he details his observations of nesting bulbuls in
Both Steve's and Ray's observations are bad news for Queensland.
Glen J. Ingram
"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster" Jonathan Swift.
> From: STEVE DAVIS <>
> Subject: Thanks to Birds and Birders
> Date: Friday, 6 June 1997 23:13
> During my week in Mackay, I was able to get to Eungella, and had a very
> productive day birdwise, finding Topknot and Wompoo Pigeons, and more
> honeyeaters and LBJ's. Dipped out on the Eungella Honeyeater and the
> platypus, but I'm sure the latter was kept away by the hordes of
> cockatoos - what a racket. I believe that they even eclipse
> and Red-and-Green Macaws for noise. I incidentally saw a pair of
> Redwhiskered Bulbuls in the centre of Mackay, and was surprised to see
> that, according to the map in Simpson and Day, they shouldn't occur
> anywhere near there. I suppose this is another alien species with an
> expanding range. The treatment ponds at the top of Nebo road were good,
> with swans, lots of swamphens and whistling ducks, and a pair of Magpie
> Geese did a ceremonial flypast for me.