Re: No chestnut-brested whitefaces

Subject: Re: No chestnut-brested whitefaces
From: Richard Fairbank <>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 11:06:03 BST
On Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:21:15 +0930 Bob Sothman wrote:

> From: Bob Sothman <>
> Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:21:15 +0930
> Subject: Re: No chestnut-brested whitefaces
> To: 
> Woody Kuehn reported to birding-aus that he failed in April 98 to find 
> any chestnut-breasted whitefaces around 27 km north of Lyndhurst (the
> site indicated on p169 of Thomas & Thomas).
> I have visited this site on four separate occasions over the last 12 
> months and have failed to find any whitefaces although I did find
> thick-billed grasswrens and rufous fieldwrens as did Woody.
> On my last visit two weeks ago I did hear chestnut-breasted whitefaces
> calling but it turned out to be a South African tourist playing a tape
> recorder!  He did not see any real whitefaces either.
> The last sighting of chestnut-breasted whitefaces at this location I
> know of was about 18 months ago.  Thus, it would be informative to know
> of any recent sightings.


We found 2 whitefaces at the old mine site in Thomas & Thomas after 
several hours of searching (without use of tapes) on 9 August.  One 
appeared to be carrying nest building material and despite expectations 
were quite approachable (one of our party even photographed them).  An 
earlier search of the km26 site was unsuccessful.  A nice bird - better than I 
was expecting.

We regretably didn't make it up to Birdsville, being let down by failure of car 
hire company to provide the booked 4WD and our reluctance to take a hire 
car (not covered by insurance) further than necessary to see Inland Dotterel 
- 15kms N of Marree as it happened.

Best wishes

Richard Fairbank

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