RFI Australia

To: Pieter van der Luit <>
Subject: RFI Australia
From: Laurie&Leanne Knight <>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 20:14:58 +1000
G'day Pieter,

You will be spending a fair bit of time driving your campervan by the looks of
your itinerary - upwards of 10,000 km by the looks of it.

What time of year are you passing through?

Tawny frogmouths are widespread and common in many cities.  Bush thick knees can
easily be seen in places like the Cairns cemetary and the Moreton Bay islands. 
They are also in Brisbane in places like the Uni of Qld.

Noisy pittas, log runners, satin bowerbirds and green catbirds are pretty common
in most rainforests in south east Queensland.  Regent bowerbirds and paradise
riflebirds are also around but less evident.  There are quite a few albert's
lyrebirds in the area, but they are more often heard than seen [and generally
fleetingly as they run away].  

Regards, Laurie.

Pieter van der Luit wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am a birder from the Netherlands and I'm coming to Australia next month
> for a six week vacation. I' ve never been to this part of the world and I
> would like to get some information on birds and birding sites. I already
> have quite a bit of general information, so the more detailed, the better.
> My route is from Melbourne to Aidelade, Alice springs, Darwin, Kakudu,
> Cairns, Brisbane to Sydnay, all done campervan. My route is more or less
> flexible and can be changed to go to some of the better birdingsites, better
> birds or, even better, to go birding for (part off) a day with fellow
> birdwatchers. I am not so much looking for professional birdingguides,
> because I already contacted the guides I want to use. I would appreciate it
> if some of you could help me with site-info for these birds:
> Southern Cassowary
> Letter winged kite
> Buttonquails
> Plains wanderer (if possible)
> Chestnut rail
> Sarus crane
> Thick knees
> Owls
> Frogmouths
> Owlet nightjar
> Pittas
> Lyrebirds
> Logrunner
> Grasswrens
> Bristlebirds
> Gouldian finch
> Bowerbirds
> Riflebirds
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