Ashmore mega-trip less than five months away

To: John Weigel <>, "" <>
Subject: Ashmore mega-trip less than five months away
From: "" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:55:31 +0000
Hi John,
Can I dip into your retirement cake too, please. After your last two " big 
years" I'm surprised you have cake left :-) so there must be a best-selling 
book somewhere in all that...

I'm probably just jealous, but as Rohan knows, I get seasick...



Yours in all things "green"

John Harris BASc, GDipEd
Director - Wildlife Experiences P/L
Principal Zoologist/Ecologist
Nature Photographer
Wildlife Guide
Croydon, Vic
0409 090 955

Past President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

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From: "John Weigel" <>
To: "birding-aus Aus" <>
Cc: "Rohan Clarke" <>
Subject: Ashmore mega-trip less than five months away
Date: Tue, Jun 16, 2015 11:21

Rohan, I love the fact that the trip is a week or two later than usual - during 
the week that had previously only been available to your 'research' trips. 
Could be the motherlode for vagrants, though the spectacle of those amazing 
seabird assemblages on the Ashmore breeding islands, and the verifiable lucky 
dip for crazy-rare pelagic species that last year included Australia's first 
Heinroth's Shearwater, is reason enough for me to dig even further into the 
retirement fund. The chance to be one of the first birders to experience 
Browse/Adele is just the icing on the cake. See you in Broome!

John Weigel

To:  "" <>
Subject:  Bonus day (and island) added to the Ashmore Reef Expedition Oct/Nov 
2015 (Advertisement of sorts)
From:  Rohan Clarke <>
Date:  Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:16:00 +0000
Hi All,

As part of the Kimberley Birdwatching expedition to Ashmore Reef my
research group are covering the cost of an additional day of charter so
that we can recover one of our seabird tracking stations that's at Adele
Island. This means everyone gets an extra day and a landing at one of
the most significant seabird islands off the Kimberley coast at no extra
cost. In addition to the usual seabirds that nest at Adele Island, we've
recently discovered Lesser Noddy breeding there, occasionally record
Common Redshank on the northern tip of the island and have logged
several vagrant land birds including Oriental Reed Warbler and Grey

This year's Ashmore trip was already shaping up to be special as the
plan is to do the usual voyage up to the reef (Swinhoe's and
Matsudaria's Storm-Petrels, Bulwers and Jouanin's Petrels amongst
others), landings at Ashmore Reef to search out seabirds (Red-footed,
Masked and Brown Booby, both Frigatebirds, both tropicbirds, all three
noddy species) and rarities before heading home via Browse Island. The
expeditions haven't been to Browse Island before (a tiny atoll about
150km off the Kimberley coast) but I've landed there a few times in
recent years. Whilst Ashmore has the best potential for vagrant land
birds our list for Browse is also impressive and includes Blue and White
Flycatcher (a male), Asian Brown Flycatcher (twice), Dark-sided
Flycatcher, Tiger Shrike (twice), Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, Pechora Pipit,
Island Monarch (twice) and Grey Wagtail (twice). The island's small size
(400 x 300m) means anything that is there is likely to be found whilst
we are ashore. The island also has a very interesting history. Once
considered the jewel in the crown of seabird islands in the nw it is now
largely devoid of seabirds but in its place is abundant evidence from
the guano collecting days; tiny rail carts, neatly stacked walls of
beach rock, old concrete footings and pads. As a bonus any birds on
Browse Island can be claimed on your Western Australian list :)

This extra day and a landing at Adele Island is likely to be a once-off
so if you are interested contact George Swann for more information
(0429706800) or to book you can contact Kimberley Expeditions via their

Dates are 30 October to 7 November 2015. I understand there is a handful
of spaces left and that numbers are already sufficient to ensure it
proceeds. Leaders are George Swann, Mike Carter and myself.


Rohan Clarke

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