birding-aus Goodfellow more highlights 1999

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Subject: birding-aus Goodfellow more highlights 1999
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 99 16:14:17 +0930
Hi All
Thinking about highlights I couldn't really add birds like Gouldian 
Finch, Hooded Parrot, Banded Fruit-dove, White-throated Grasswren and 
Chestnut Rail because I've seen them so many times.  However seeing 
people see them is a joy (except for those few who just tick them off 
with a grunt and no other show of interest). 

But much of the year has been peaks and troughs.  Discovering a very 
obliging little Mangrove Fantail down at East Arm was a thrill, soon 
tempered by the roar of the bulldozers advancing on that little patch of 
mangroves to wipe it out of existence.  Winning conservation status for 
the Chestnut Rail mangroves at Stuart Park, was also tempered by the 
added uncertainty of whether it would remain with the planning changes.  
I discovered more little sites for Zitting Cisticola and then learnt the 
sedgelands at Vesteys Lake were under threat of being bulldozed as a 
mosquito breeding hazard.  Exploring new country at Kudjekbinj, while I 
had little time to bird, held the promise of discoveries to be explored 
further next year.

To all those wonderful people who sent greetings to the grandchildren, 
thank you.  

The Ngalanbali and Djalama clans send their best regards for Christmas 
and the New Year.
Denise Goodfellow

Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
Specialist Guide
Ph/Fax 61 8 89 818492
PO Box 39373 Winnellie NT 0821, AUSTRALIA

or Parap Bookshop, Parap NT 0821, AUSTRALIA
Ph 08 89813922

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