Torres Strait trip
Peter Lansley <>
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 10:49:47 +1000
Mike Carter (who is a real birder, not a virtual birder) asked me to post
Report by Mike Carter, Neil Macumber and Peter Crabtree on their visit to
the NW Torres Strait (Queensland) islands of Saibai, Dauan and Boigu, August
9 Streak-headed Mannikins on 19/8 on Saibai (not previously recorded in
Aust. but apparently present in adjacent Trans-Fly in PNG (Coates) - subject
to acceptance by BARC.
Mangrove Grey Fantail on Saibai and Wood Sandpiper on Boigu may be new birds
for Torres Strait.
Saibai: 73 species seen in 3 days, 14 of which not previously listed.
Dauan: 33 species seen in 3 days, 17 of which not previously listed.
Boigu: 66 species seen in 2 days, 12 of which not previously listed.
Other birds of particular interest:
definite Australian Hobbies on all 3 islands and possible Oriental Hobby on
Welcome, Barn and Red-rumped Swallow and possible Pacific Swallow on Boigu
4 Singing Starlings on Boigu;
2 Rose-crowned Fruit-doves on Dauan; 1 on Saibai;
4+ Olive-backed Orioles on Saibai and 8+ on Dauan;
Mangrove Golden Whistler (9+) and Pale White-eyes on Dauan;
Mangrove Gerygone on Saibai and Dauan;
Chestnut-breasted Mannikins on Boigu;
Swamp Harriers on Boigu and Dauan;
29+ Channel-billed Cuckoos on Dauan;
1 Australasian Grebe on Saibai.
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