RFI from Swedish birder

To: Hans Johansson <>, "" <>
Subject: RFI from Swedish birder
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 03:29:02 +0000
Hi Hans,

In regards to your Victorian targets, here's some ideas. A good spot for both 
Chestnut Quail-thrush and Malleefowl is Bronzewing Flora and Fauna Reserve. 
Bronzewing FFR reputably has the highest concentration of Malleefowl anywhere 
in Victoria, while Chestnut Quail-thrush can be relatively common. In terms of 
finding Malleefowl - unless you know where there's an active mound - to see 
them you really have to luck upon them while walking or driving. Look for their 
footprints in sandy tracks. In terms of Chestnut Quail-thrush, they're a very 
wary species, quietly walking away from any observer. You'll need to learn 
their high-pitched virtually inaudible 'seep' contact call. Once you hear it, 
walk quietly in the direction of the call and look for movement on the ground 
ahead of you. The best entry point to Bronzewing FFR is here 
-35.204129,142.32659, while a good spot to look for both species is here 
-35.204129,142.32659 - unfortunately the track to here is 4X4 only. So, unless y
 ou have an appropriate car, you'll have to walk in. Alternatively you can also 
access the east side of the reserve from the Sunraysia Hwy, here 
-35.221502,142.394396, and the south side from Tourneys Rd, here 

A word of warning though. Northern Victoria can be very very hot in December, 
in excess of 35 degrees. So, if hot, so make sure you do your birding early in 
the morning and late arvo. Take plenty of water and, if walking off-track in 
the Mallee, take a compass or check if the maps app is working on your smart 

Another good spot for Malleefowl and Chestnut Quail-thrush is the southern 
section of Wyperfeld National Park. Look for Malleefowl along either side of 
the Dattuck Track for the first km or so (after that it becomes strickly 4X4). 
While look for Chestnut Quail-thrush in the Mallee sections along the Discovery 
Walk - it leads directly from the Wonga Campground. This walk is also good for 
Southern Scrub-robin and Redthroat (particularly the extension to Lake 
Brambruk). See

Banded Stilt have been seen recently at Lake Tutchewop (11/12/2013). A good 
spot to see them is along the lake track on the west side: the entrance to the 
(2WD) track is here, -35.538133,143.749848, while it exits here 
-35.496557,143.742944. Occasionally Banded Stilt congregate the northern side, 
view from here -35.500544,143.759556. Some other good birds at Lake Tutchewop 
are White-winged and Variegated Fairy-wren and Orange Chat - look in the 
chenopod shrubland around the lake.

Hope this helps, and please feel free to contact me if you have any other 


Tim Dolby
 on behalf of Hans Johansson 

Sent: Monday, December 02, 2013 1:02 AM
Subject: RFI from Swedish birder

Hi all,

My name is Hans Johansson and I'm a birder from Sweden who will visit
Australia together with my wife in December.

I have a few RFI for some birds that I really would enjoy to see during my

1. Southern Cassowary:

We will be in the Cairns area between 11:th-17:th December and I wonder if

are some sites that are more reliable than others. We are willing to travel
approx. 200 km from Cairns if necessary.

2. Chestnut Quail-thrush, Mallefowl and Banded Stilt:

We will be in Victoria the last week of our trip and will stay in Ouyen for
two nights. If you have some advise which areas

around Ouyen (and surroundings up to 150 km) would give us the best
possibilities to see the Quail-thrush and Mallefowl it would be very

Concerning Banded Stilt it seems that Lake Tutchewop could be worth
checking, but it is not many reports from Victoria for the moment.

If you have some further information about Banded Stilt I would be very

Thanks & Kind regards

Hans Johansson

Storfors, Sweden


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