Sydney Birding Weekend and Spotted Quail-Th. RFI

Subject: Sydney Birding Weekend and Spotted Quail-Th. RFI
From: "Frank Rheindt" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 02:44:19 +0100

During a weekend visit to Sydney, I didn't get to do as much birdwatching as
I had hoped, but I did manage an afternoon in Royal NP (mainly Lady
Carrington Drive and Curra Moors area) and a couple of hours in the Sydney
Botanical Gardens.

The highlight in the Gardens was two different individuals of Buff-banded
Rail (one extremely confiding), while in Royal NP I was pleased to find a
pair of Pacific Baza, a roosting group of Topknot Pigeon and a solitary
Wonga Pigeon, as well as a few Black-faced Monarchs.

See below for a complete species list from the weekend.

Thanks to Frank Hemmings, Jesko Sirker and Shane B Vaucluse for replying to
my query and providing much useful info.



PS: In reply to Jesko's RFI concerning Spotted Quail Thrush around Sydney, I
would try the old road up from the ferry at Dharug NP, which is supposed to
be a reliable spot for the species. I saw a female here a few weeks ago
about 2km from the start of the road where it flattens out. Also Origma
along the first 1.5km...

Species List

27-28 Nov 04: Sydney Botanical Garden (S), Royal National Park (R)

Little Black Cormorant, Pacific Black Duck, Maned Duck, Buff-banded Rail (2;
R), Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Austr White Ibis, Masked Lapwing, Silver
Gull, Pacific Baza (Aviceda s. subcristata, 2; R), White-bellied Sea-Eagle
(Haliaeetus leucogaster, R, 1), Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus, 3,
R), Spotted Dove, Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca, 1, R),
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (2, R), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow
Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (?Golden
Bronze-Cuckoo?, Chalcites [Chrysococcyx] lucidus plagosus, 1, R), Common
Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea cyanocephala, 1, S), Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred
Kingfisher, Superb Lyrebird (R), Superb Fairy-Wren, White-browed Scrub-wren,
Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Brown Gerygone, Brown Thornbill, Brush
Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Lewin?s Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater,
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (R, 1-2), Eastern Spinebill, Eastern Whipbird,
Eastern Yellow Robin, Golden Whistler, Gray Fantail, Rufous Fantail,
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis, R), Magpie Lark, Olive-backed
Oriole, Satin Bowerbird (R), Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Australian
Raven, Welcome Swallow, House Sparrow, Common Mynah, Common Starling.

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