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 -
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
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
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
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
Hoping for a positive reply from you Down there
N-0680 Oslo, Norway