RFI: a Darwinite in Canberra for the weekend

Subject: RFI: a Darwinite in Canberra for the weekend
From: Tom McCrie <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:58:43 +0930
Good morning

I will be in Canberra for a wedding next weekend and i'm hoping to sneak away for a couple of hours once or twice over that time to go birding. I'm still very much an amateur, but enthusiastic.

We are staying at Gininderry Homestead and have arranged to hire a car.

Reading the canberra birds website and emails over the last few weeks (and checking eBird) a few targets are:
  • superb parrot
  • crakes
  • fan-tailed cuckoo
  • shining-bronze cuckoo
  • blue-billed duck
  • flame robin or any pink robins (although these may be more in autumn?)
  • gang-gang cockatoo (who wouldn't want to see these if they are around!)
'Tthe Complete Guide to Finding Birds in Australia' says that Red-Browed Treecreeper, regent honeyeater, black honeyeater, little lorikeet and (maybe only in winter?) crescent honeyeater and pwerful owl are possible? Not sure how accurate or likely these are though.

Irrespective of the above targets, really i'm just looking forward to getting out somewhere different!

I will probably have a couple of hours to go out birding perhaps first thing Saturday and Sunday morning. Any advice on a few good places to check out would be wonderful?

Also, is there much close by the Ginninderry Homestead? It sounds like Ginninderra creek is dry.


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