Advice on NSW + VIC itinerary

To: "'Graham Etherington'" <>, "'birdingaus'" <>
Subject: Advice on NSW + VIC itinerary
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2006 15:43:51 +1100
Hi Graham

Sounds like a great itinerary. Wish I could have the time to do all that
on one trip. Regarding Wollongong Pelagic, I didn't realise they would
run on a Monday!

Try Maroubra (beside drain at the southern end of the beach and next to
Rifle Range as another alternative site for Lewin's Rail. 

Have a great trip


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Graham
Sent: Friday, 8 December 2006 3:17 PM
To: birdingaus
Subject: Advice on NSW + VIC itinerary

Dear Birders,
On 23 Dec, I'm heading off from Brisbane on a 5-week trip down through
NSW, Vic,
and Tassie. I've put together an itinerary (below), which I was hoping
people might take a look at and tell me what they think of it.
The sites are listed in the order that I'll probably visit them. The
figures in brackets after the sites are for my own use. They're the
page name and Grid ref for the map I'm using.
After each site I've listed my 'target species' .
I'm particularly interested to find out if I'm targeting anything that
no longer occurs at any of these sites, or if I'm unlikely to see it
at this time of year. Conversely, am I targeting any species
(especially earlier on in my trip) which I really don't need to be
worrying about, as they'll be so common later on in the trip.
I'd also really like to hear about key locations that I appear to be
missing, and what birds I'm likely to see there.
This is the only time I can do this trip and I consider it a bit too
dangerous to go birding in the desert/outback areas, so I'd like to
know if there are any sites near where I'm going that I might pick up
some desert species which come a bit further east (e.g. close to my
return route to Queensland). I own a 'soft-road' vehicle (Hyundai
Santa Fe), so don't want to be heading down really sandy tracks in the
middle of nowhere.
And finally, if anyone has any recent, detailed information on any of
the sites mentioned, I'd love to hear from you.
I appreciate any help you can give me.


New South Wales:

Round Hill (84 B5)
Gilbert's Whistler, Shy Hylocola, Spotted Nightjar, Grey-fronted
Honeyeater (HE), Black HE, Little + Red-chested Button-quail, Pied HE,
Chestnut Quail-thrush, Mulga parrot, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo,
Spotted Bowerbird.

Binya (200 D1)
Painted HE, Black HE, Mulga parrot, Western Gerygone, Splendid

Fivebough Swamp (200 D3)
Freckled duck, Black-tailed Native-hen, Blue-billed Duck, Australian
Crake, Little Grasswren, Australian bittern, Superb Parrot

Deniliquin (211 G2)
Australian Bittern, Little Bittern, Little + Red-chested Button-quail,
Black Falcon, Superb Parrot, Plains Wanderer, Painted HE, Gilbert's

Yass (203 F5)
Superb Parrot

Woodstock, (20 km NE of Cowra)
Orange Chat

Carpetee Valley (191 H2)
Regent HE, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Brown Songlark, Rock Warbler

Hexham Swamp (195 F3)
Painted Snipe

Hunter Valley (195 F3)
Painted Snipe

Hawkesbury (197 H3)
Pitt Town Lagoon - Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Native-hens,
Australian Crake,

Cronulla Swamp (207 F4)
Lewin's Rail

Barren Grounds (209 E5)
Eastern Bristlebird, Crescented HE, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Beautiful

Macquarie Pass NP (209 E4)
Superb Lyrebird

Morton National Park (220 D2)
Pilotbird, Rock Warbler, Beautiful Firetail

Jarvis Bay NP (221 H3)
Eastern Bristlebird

Wolongong Pelagic (Monday 8 Jan)


Tidbinbilla NR (215 G3)
Superb Lyrebird, Satin Flycatcher, Pilotbird

Mulligans Flat Woodland Reserve (location?)
Black HE


East Gippsland area (257 G4)
Eastern Bristlebird

Chiltern State Forest (229 H1)
Regent HE

Werribee (246 A4)
Waders, crakes, Fairy Tern, Australian Crake


(Separate itinerary - all sorted there)

Victoria (cont'd)

Gt Ocean Road (258)
Blue-winged parrot, Rufous Bristlebird, Olive Whistler

Ballarat (240 C5)
Black-tailed Native-hen, Australian Spotted Crake

Inglewood Reserve (226 D2)
White-fronted Honeyeater, Shy Fieldwren

Kooyoora State Park (Melville Caves 226 C2)
Gilbert's Whistler


Hattah - Kulkyne (90 D2)
Regent Parrot, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, striated Grasswren, Mallee
Emuwren, Mulga Parrot, Black-tailed Native hen, Gilbert's Whistler,
Chestnut Quail-thrush, Shy Hylacola, Blue-billed Duck

Wyperfield  (90 B4)
Chestnut Quail-thrush, White-browed Treecreeper, Shy Hylocola, Regent

Gluepot (if open)

Back via Broken Hill, Cobar, Bourke, Cunnamulla.


Bowra Homestead
Hall's Babbler, Bourke's Parrot, Black-tailed Native-hen, Mulga
Parrot, White-browed Treecreeper, Pied HE, Chestnut-breasted
Quail-thrush, Red-browed Pardalote, Black-breasted Buzzard,
Budgerigar, Orange Chat, Australian Pratincole, Black HE, Grey-headed
HE, Pied HE, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Spotted Nightjar

Contingency plans for extra available time or bushfires in NW Vic

South Australia

(Eyre Peninsula) - Thomas and Thomas sites

Dr. Graham Etherington
Queensland, Australia

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