Torres Strait trip

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Subject: Torres Strait trip
From: Peter Lansley <>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 10:49:47 +1000
Mike Carter (who is a real birder, not a virtual birder) asked me to post
this report:

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
on 19/8;
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.

Peter Lansley.

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