Jack's 700th

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Subject: Jack's 700th
From: John <>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 18:39:00 +1000
On 1 July 2002 I will retire and my first project will be to help my 78 
year old father (Jack) to see his 700th bird in Australia.  He has only 7 
to go and to suggest that he is keen to get there is something of an 

We are planning a trip through north-eastern South Australia (Eyrean & 
Short-tailed Grasswrens), western Queensland (Chestnut-breasted 
Quail-thrush), Mackay (Eungella Honeyeater), Cairns (Great-billed Heron 
with some help from Chris Dahlberg - not his first attempt though), Cape 
York (a fabulous part of the world, but we do not expect anything new here 
having found Buff-breasted Button-quail with expert help from Lloyd Neilsen 
last year and we are leaving the Cape too early for House Swifts and 
Red-rumped Swallows), Mt Isa (Kalkadoon Grasswren, which Jack missed when 
he fell and broke his hip shortly after having seen the Carpentarian - 
thanks Bob Forsyth), Boulia (Night Parrot - don't hold your breath Jack!), 
Lawn Hill (because we have not been there), Kakadu (nothing new), Darwin 
(Chestnut Rail), Kununurra (because we love it), The Kimberley including 
the Gibb River Road and the Mitchell Plateau (Black Grasswren), the north 
end of the Canning Stock Route (we already have seen Princess Parrots but 
who would pass up the chance to see them again?) and home via the Tanami 
Track and Newhaven.

With a bit of luck we should see all of the Grasswrens.

I have been compiling information on all of the above and barring 
accidents, I hope we have that part covered.

I am short, however, of reliable site specific information for the 
following species:

Pictorella Mannikin
Red-chested Button-quail (we have missed them in the spots where I used to 
find them)
Chestnut-backed Button-quail

If anyone could help it would be very much appreciated.

There are also many vagrants that would be new for Jack (Garganey, Great 
Reed Warbler, Pintailed Snipe etc), but we will miss many of these because 
we will be returning home in October when they are still arriving.

As a final comment - if anyone with their own vehicle is interested in 
joining us for all or part of our trip, we would be pleased to have you. 
 The thing that gives me most pleasure is showing other people birds.

John Barkla

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