Trip to Queensland & Alice Springs

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Subject: Trip to Queensland & Alice Springs
From: "Tommy Pedersen" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 01:33:46 +0200
G'day, mates & mate'ettes....
A brief note from sunny Norway, where Redshanks are common and Arctic Warblers breed.....
We are two keen birders (Bruce Hansen & myself) who will travel Down Under for the fifth time on August 11th - 28th.
Earlier we have birded the southwest, west, northwest (yes, we did find the Black Grasswrens by ourselves), southeast (even saw Fiordland Penguin - [pictures on my page below] & Hudsonian Godwit here...) and Tasmania last February (O-b Parrots, 40Pardalotes and seabirds galore from Freycinet & Cape Bruny).
Our aim is to enjoy your magnificent country whilst seeing as much of your birdlife as possible.
So, arriving in Cairns on August 11th, we will rent a 4WD (as we did in the Kinberleys) and head for Iron Range N.P.
On the way there we will try the waterholes near Windmill Creek for the Golden-shouldered Parrots.
Any updates on their whereabouts will be greatly appreciated.
Iron Range N.P. will be covered, but one question pops up; Are there any chanse of overwintering Red-bellied Pittas in mid August? If so, will they call?
We will stay awhile at Kingfisher Park. Apparently there are resident birders there, that might be persuaded to go for a night out spotlighting. As well as help look for the Blue-faced Parrotfinch. Anyone have any comments on this?
On August 18th we will try Michaelmas Kay for some seabirds. Any comments on the presence of Black Noddies present, Masked Booby and Redfooted Boobies roosting?
I have heard of John Young in Ingham who is a specialist on owls. Does anyone know how to contact him by e-mail or otherwise - an evening spotlighting with him would be great!
On August 19th we will arrive Eungella for the endemic honeyeater here. Any views on how to find this species will be great, we have also heard that Marj Andrews might be a potential contact here. Anyone know of her e-mail address?
After this, we have a rather longish drive from Eungella via Mt. Isa to Alice Springs, driving during daytime to avoid decimating your population of marsupials....
At Mt. Isa we will of course be looking to add to our Grasswren-list (Black, Thick-billed and White-throated aldready appreciated & enjoyed). Apparently the Kalkadoon-race of Dusky are being split Down Under? Not yet so in Clements 2000, but as we are highly into subspecies as well, this is a key species to find. As is the Carpentarian Grasswren.
Apparently Bob Forsyth is a local expert, and again, an e-mail address sure would hit the spot!
Alice Springs and surrounding area are next, around August 24th to 28th.
It would be splendid to get in touch with local birders whom are up to date on the honeyeater situation in the area.
Maybe we can meet?
This is a lot of questions from us far up north, any help will be greatly appreciated.
We can of course reciprocate concerning Norway & birding here. We have great birds like King & Steller's Eiders, breeding Little Stints, Spotted Redshanks, auks galore and suchlike just waiting for your 25 hour journey up here.
And if anyone (in the future) want to explore Congo (ex. Zaire), my website below is dedicated to that country.
On the Index-page you can also view a few pictures "grabbed" from our digital videorecorder. Amongs them Fiordland Penguin near Melbourne.
Hoping for a positive reply from you Down there is....

Democratic Republic of Congo birding-site:
Tommy Pedersen
Havreveien 28
N-0680 Oslo, Norway
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