birding-aus My birding highlights for 1999 and This Century!!

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From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 19:33:22 +1100

Some of my birding highlights for 1999 included:

Sooty Albatross off Wollongong in July

Chatham Island Albatross off Wollongong in August

Blue Petrels seen twice off Wollongong in July and August

Southern Fulmar off Magic Pt, Maroubra in August

Northern Royal Albatross off Magic Pt, Maroubra in August

57 White-headed Petrels off Sydney in August

various Prions seen on the pelagics

3 Pacific Bazas displaying over Seaham in October

Painted Honeyeaters displaying in the Capertee Valley in December

Painted button-quails seen about 10 times this year

Oriental Cuckoo at Cattai N.P. in February 1999 (thanks to Keith Brandwood)

Seeing the first Wandering Whistling-ducks for Sydney

a number of Lewins Rail sightings at Magic Pt, Maroubra

The list can go on and on with great trips made in the Barrington Tops, Hawkesbury, Capertee Valley and Maroubra area and offcourse the fantastic pelagic trips were the main highlight for me this year.

For this "century", some of my best highlights included:

- a Bairds Sandpiper at Bushells Lagoon, NSW

- a Long-toed Stint in breeding plumage at McGraths Hill STW, NSW

- an Arctic Tern in full breeding plumage on the rocks at Soldiers Beach, NSW Central Coast) in July 1997

- observing Victoria’s Riflebirds in full courtship and mating display at Lake Barrine near Atherton QLD

- observing male Golden Bowerbirds, Great Bowerbirds and Tooth-billed Bowerbirds display around Cairns, QLD

- seeing a Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (with Del Richards) in Julaten, Noth QLD

- beeing the first of a very large group to pick out a Asian Dowitcher amongst many Bar-tailed Godwits on the Cairns Esplanade, QLD

- 3 Painted Snipe at Bushells Lagoon, NSW (thanks to Keith Brandwood)

- Red-backed, Little and Red-chested Button-quails and good numbers of King Quail in the Hawkesbury turf farms (NSW)

- 4 or 5 sightings of Square-tailed Kites in the Sydney area

- Garganey male at Newcastle

- 7 or 8 Freckled Ducks in Newcastle

- 10 Pectoral Sandpipers together at Kooragang Island,Newcastle

- a few Yellow Wagtails in Newcastle

- seeing 30-40 White-winged Black Terns in breeding plumage at Newcastle

- an Australian Pratincole at McGraths Hill STW (near Sydney), NSW during a drought year

- observing Sooty Owls for half an hour and observing their feeding behaviour in the Royal NP

- sightings of Masked Owls in NSW

- seeing Little and Black Bitterns in one day in Sydney

- White-throated Nightjars with chicks at Harrington

- seeing both Beach Stone and Bush Stone-curlews in one month in Sydney, NSW

- seeing nesting Pacific Bazas with chicks on a number of occasions in the Hawkesbury

- seeing 5000 plus White-browed and 50 plus Masked Woodswallows over my backyard.

- seeing 250 plus Swift Parrots in the Capertee Valley, NSW

- seeing 100 plus Regent Honeyeaters at Howes Valley, NSW

- finding Red-capped Robins, Brown Treecreepers, Diamond Firetails, Turquoise Parrot still in the 90's in the Sydney region

- finding both Regent Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots on a survey at the same time and location in 1998

- a trip to Cairns in 1997 seeing about 80 lifers

- a trip to western NSW, VIC & SA seeing about 40 lifers

- ALL pelagic trips and Sea watches off Sydney and Wollongong

- trips to Capertee Valley, Barrington Tops, Harrington, Newcastle Wetlands etc etc in NSW

- the list is very endless and many left out….

- breaking a NSW twitchathon record of 201 species in 1994 with Keith Brandwood and Saccha Adin

Merry Christmas and a New Year to you all!




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