Royal Spoonbills, Nightbird query

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Subject: Royal Spoonbills, Nightbird query
From: Paul Mahoney <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 23:26:52 +1100
Apologies for the late advice, but on the morning of Friday 21 December, I 
observed a flock of 12 Royal Spoonbills flying over Page in a roughly westerly 

Spent New Year's camping at Myanba Gorge in Southeast Forests NP where the 
birdlife was, as always, fantastic.  Am totally stumped however, by a call 
heard at approximately 1:30am on New Year's morning.  It was sufficiently loud 
to wake me (and no, I had not had a big night).  I am not very good at 
describing calls, but it was a relatively high-pitched, oscillating "chIG - 
wrrRRrrRRrrRR", repeated a number of times.  The first part was quite sharp.  
It was unlike any nightbird I had heard before and I was assuming it was 
mammalian (on the basis that I am not as familiar with the possibilities there) 
until I realised how rapidly the source of the call was moving through the bush 
and above ground level.  Open to all suggestions....



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