Just wondering if anyone has recent information on
the Gibraltar range group of National Parks in the New England Tableland area of
NSW. We're starting to think about a camping trip and that was an area
that looked like it might be interesting. In particular, any impressions
of access and camping areas would be most welcome - from what I can glean,
Mulligans sounds a reasonably family-friendly camping area but it's always
preferable to have some first-hand advice. How is it as an area for more
general walking and sightseeing (bearing in mind that not all my family are as
enlightened as myself regarding the pre-eminence of birding as a recreational
The other area we were looking at was the Flinders/
Gammon Ranges, but I was thinking it might still be well on the dry side, and
worth saving for greener days. Any recent experience to support or quash
Fantastic news about Whimpey Reichelt - richly
deserved recognition of great endeavour and achievement in conservation at a
I did see Rove on Andrew Denton last night.
Worth approaching to promote the Twitchathon this year?? If we want to
popularise birding, he's the sort of high-profile champion we need, and a
Twitchathon may be just weird enough to appeal to his sense of humour.
Anyone at Birds Australia in a position to follow up?
Peregrine Falcon over Glen Waverley last Saturday
week, and a party of Long-billed Corellas in Hallam (about 5 km east of
Dandenong) on Sunday - possibly some of the ones that hang around the Lyndhurst
area. Mum and Dad heard the Owlet-Nighjar again in Glen Iris last week,
and a friend of a friend saw a huge owl in their backyard in Kew (inner eastern
suburb of Melbourne, close to the bush corridor along the Yarra), also one night
last week - it was sitting on the clothesline and staring down when he noticed
it, and took off with impressive wingspan and not a whisper of sound after a
couple of minutes. Presumably a dispersing Powerful Owl.
Regards to all,