RFI Southern Qld, NE NSW

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Subject: RFI Southern Qld, NE NSW
From: "J & C Krohn" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 21:03:15 +1000
Evening, all.
This is a general RFI in the context of a family camping trip in September and early October.  We'll be stopping at Cobar (overnight only); "Bowra" near Cunnamulla; Charleville; Carnarvon Gorge National Park; Tannum Sands near Gladstone; Hervey Bay; Bribie Island; Lamington NP; Bundjalung NP near Grafton; Myall Lakes NP; Dubbo; and Narrandera (also overnight only).  I have searched through the Birding-aus archives and extracted what information I could find there, and have also been in direct contact with a couple of regular contributors to the list.  I would be very grateful for any specific suggestions of good spots near those general locations for a southerner for whom lots of the Qld species will be new, exciting and probably confusing.  I should stress that the rest of the family are not fanatical birders, so our activities will have to be balanced out; however, I do hope to fill in lots of Atlas sheets.  I'm not really a twitcher (except once a year, in a good cause), but I do keep lists and I would like to see, and hopefully become familiar with, some of the non-Victorian species whose ranges we will be entering.  I would be particularly grateful for advice about the following species - not necessarily just "good spots", but also what to look out for in terms of habitat, and any useful field ID tips to supplement the field guides (I'll have Pizzey & Knight and Morcombe with me):
Cotton Pygmy-Goose; Eastern Reef Egret; Black Bittern; Pacific Baza; Bush-hen; Red-backed & Black-breasted Button-quails; Squatter Pigeon; Marbled (Plumed) Frogmouth; Blue-winged Kookaburra; Pale-yellow Robin; Spectacled & White-eared Monarchs; Shining Flycatcher; Varied Triller; Plum-headed Finch; Yellow-bellied Sunbird; Tawny Grassbird.
I know there are lots of other potential "ticks", especially at "Bowra" and at Lamington NP, but I'm hoping for some expert local advice at those locations.  I also realise that we will probably be only on the fringe of the range of some of the above species, but it's difficlt to tell from the readily available information what our realistic chances are of finding those species.  I will post a summary trip report to birding-aus after we return, and write up the trip more comprehensively for anyone who is interested.
Most grateful for any advice anyone can offer.  The Birding-aus assistance made a big difference to the birding on our trip to the Eyre Peninsula in 1999, and similar help this time will be very much appreciated.
Regards, and thanks in advance,
    Jack Krohn
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