Re: birding-aus birding highlights

Subject: Re: birding-aus birding highlights
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 16:28:54 +0800
1.  A pair of Grey Honeyeaters feeding a fledgling near Yalgoo WA in
October.  Hopefully the photos will come out.

2.  A Little Ringed Plover at Rottnest Island WA in November.  A major part
of the highlight was being able to relocate it in the afternoon.

3.  The eight day boat trip from Broome WA to Ashmore Reef in November.
The whole trip was memorable but the main memory will probably be the sheer
number of birds on the west island of the Lacepede Islands.  The Swinhoe's
Storm-Petrels and Streaked Shearwaters were great too.

4.  The Arctic Tern on the September pelagic from Perth WA.  Although the
Minke Whale was equally memorable.

5.  The Black-winged Petrels at Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island in
January / February.  You can watch them for hours wheeling around.  The
boat trip to Balls Pyramid off Lord Howe was also a highlight.

6.  Broome / Derby in November for 5 days with ~170 species.  The big
numbers of Barn Swallows, Little Curlews and Fork-tailed Swifts; five
Common Redshanks and two Asian Dowitchers all together feeding at Crab
Creek;  Yellow Wagtails;  Yellow Chats;  Black Falcon;  Ruff;

7.  Black-eared Cuckoos.  One near Cue WA in October and one at the Broome
golf course in November.  You never know when you are going to see this

8.  The Capertee Valley NSW in February.  Very different habitat to
anywhere else I have birded.  And I did see Regent Honeyeaters as a bonus.

9.  Finding Spotted Quail-thrush and Rufous Scrubbird in Brisbane in March.
I had looked for these unsuccessfully before which makes it even better
when you do finally get to see them.

10.  Nallan Station near Cue in WA in October with Chestnut-breasted
Quail-thrush, White-browed Treecreeper, Bourke's Parrot, Black-tailed
Native-hen, another Grey Honeyeater, Western Bowerbird,  etc.  This was my
fourth visit but this is a great place to bird.

And there was no room for the week in Christmas Island with Grey Wagtails
and crabs; Western Whipbird; Western Bristlebird; Noisy Scrubbird; Blue
Petrel; White-necked Petrel; White-browed Woodswallow; Pictorella Mannikin;
Thick-billed Grasswren; Slaty-backed Thornbill; Slender-billed Thornbill;
Bush Stone-curlew; Plum-headed Finch; Sooty Owl; Rock Warbler; the birds of
the Argyle Diamond Mine (135 species seen this year); Fitzgerald River (2
visits);  Albany (3 visits); Monkey Mia; seawatching off Maroubra NSW as a
southerly buster came through;  Lake McLarty in January;  atlassing;
people I met via my web pages; ........

All the best for Christmas and 2000

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