RFI Sydney-Canberra-Deniliquin

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Subject: RFI Sydney-Canberra-Deniliquin
From: Richard Fairbank <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 13:25:12 BST
Three friends and I will be spending 3 weeks birding in SE Australia prior to a 
short visit to New
Caledonia.  None of us have been to this part of Australia, although 3 of us 
have been to
Queensland.  We will have a car and have used Thomas & Thomas (and recent 
postings on
birding-aus) to work out a provisional itinary (we also have Bransbury?s book). 
 The trip splits
into 4 parts, but is flexible within each part (depending on what has been seen 
at the time!):
July 21-26:  Sydney-Canberra-Deniliquin
July 28-Aug 1:  Deniliquin-Melbourne-Portland
Aug 3-7:  Portland-Victoria Malle-Adelaide
Aug 8-14:  Adelaide-Birdsville-Adelaide (with 4WD)

We would be grateful for any further information, recent sightings or specific 
sites, comments or
advice on any part of the trip.  I will not have access to e-mail after 17 
July.  The places we
intend, or are considering, visiting (and, drawn heavily from Thomas & Thomas, 
the birds we
might hope to see) during the first part of the trip are:

July 21-26:  Sydney-Canberra-Deniliquin
Castlereagh State Forest:  Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot
Mistral Point:  seabirds?
Royal NP:  Superb Lyrebird, Powerful & Sooty Owls, Southern Emuwren, 
Hylacola, Beautiful Firetail, Origma, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Minnamurra Reserve:  Superb Lyrebird
Barren Grounds:  Ground Parrot, Eastern Bristlebird, Southern Emuwren, 
Chestnut- rumped
Hylacola, Pilotbird, Beautiful Firetail, Yellow-tailed Black & Gang-gang 
Cockatoos, Crescent &
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
Morton NP:  Powerful Owl, Origma, Pilotbird, Beautiful Firetail, Gang-gang 
Cockatoo, Crescent
Honeyeater, Powerful Owl
Lake George:  Freckled Duck, Red-necked Avocet
Campbell Park:  Speckled Warbler, Flame Robin
Tidbinbilla: Superb Lyrebird, Pilotbird, Gang-gang & Yellow-tailed Black 
Cockatoo, Flame Robin
Namadgi:  Spotted Quail-Thrush
Leeton Swamp (a significant detour):  Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck, crakes, 
Native Hen, Red-necked Avocet, Black-backed Bittern

We will not have time to visit all these (and hope not to need to).  In 
particular, as it is a fair
way out of the way, has anyone been to Leeton recently?  Is Lake Bathurst still 
off limits?  Any
sites for Powerful, Masked or Sooty Owls or Owlet-Nightjar would be brilliant.

Many thanks in advance for any information,

Richard Fairbank
West Sussex, England

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