re: Best birding experience

Subject: re: Best birding experience
From: <> (hillier lab)
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 95 17:10:07 MUT
Hi everyone,
        Best birding experience from a whole year is pretty hard to decide 
on.  It hasn't been a particularly exciting year with my only out of Vic trip 
to Tasmania in September.  Best experiences there were spotting a flock of 
swift parrots from the car while driving (actually nearly ran off the road) 
and after driving alongside them seeing them land and getting great views of 
them feeding in a mixed flock with musk lorikeets.   Also enjoyed my first 
sighting of Pink Robins, a beautiful flash of colour in the gloom of Mt. 
Field NP.
        Best twitching weekend was at the Little Desert in Autumn when I got 
White-fronted Honeyeater, Purple-gaped Honeyeater and Shy Hylacola on one 
day.  Also very exciting was seeing large flocks of Banded Stilts near the 
Little Desert in Spring.  However the best experience for the year was 
probably when we followed a Lyrebird for about half an hour at Tarra Bulga NP 
in SE Victoria.  It was in full view for much of the time and gave a pretty 
full vocal repertoire including calls of rosellas, kookaburras, magpies, a 
couple of honeyeaters (including the sound of honeyeater wings flapping while 
chasing each other) scrubwrens and I'm sure some I've forgotten and couldn't 
distinguish at the time.
        Thanks to everyone for all the information and interesting 
observations during the year, especially to Russell for starting and 
maintaing the list.  Reading the mail probably makes my working day longer 
but certainly more enjoyable.  Hope everyone has a very enjoyable Christmas 
break and may next year bring at least some of the sightings you hope for.
                                                Best Wishes 
                                                John Boyce

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