Raptors at Mount Isa

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Subject: Raptors at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 17:54:40 +1000
g'day all,
Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking Jim Davis (of Interpretive Birding and his wife Linda to some remote locations around Lake Moondarra.
It was interesting .. he insists on sitting on a chair to do his birding  and states he sees just as many species as hyperactive birdwatchers (like me sometimes) who are on the move almost all the time. He could be right .. but he also saw a couple of interesting birds when out walking.
They stayed at the Moondarra Caravan Park and following my instructions ..
He went walking north through the Bowhunters Grounds (where NSWFOC saw the Painted Snipe last year ) and saw a Peregrine Falcon flying along the cliffs.
He went walking south from the causeway across the Leichhardt River onto an Island and saw a Red Goshawk
Both of the species have eluded me, so it appears I have more species I have yet to add to my personal list for the Isa area.
Yesterday I received a 2nd hand report of Blue Bonnets being seen somewhere in the Cloncurry area. It could be, as I have recorded several "out of territory birds" in this area. e.g. Freckled Duck, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Osprey, Pied Heron, Rainbow Lorikeets (western red-necked race) The eastern race seen locally have bred from escapes.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
.. for some birding sites around Mount Isa see the Gazetteer pages of
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