Ramblings of the Wagtailing Wrens, Qld. Twitch 98

Subject: Ramblings of the Wagtailing Wrens, Qld. Twitch 98
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 02:20:08 PST
While most teams enjoy a well planned twenty four hours to chase 
Queensland bird species and hopefully attain the 200+ score, we in Bowen 
enjoyed a rather relaxed pace with eleven hours for 85 Km giving us 88 
species. I might still have been  clocked onto TI time after my three 
month in paradise as we enjoyed a relaxed pace and the full glory of our 
wonderful birdlife. A bird a Km. , not bad we thought.
The restriction of hours for our team was the fact that the leader had 
to go to work at 15.25 until 02.25. However this was compensated by an 
early start at Frangipani Farm with the team arriving at 04.00 for the 
dawn chorus.
Our hosts Maree and Bob Madison certainly turned on the birds with a 
Pacific Baza almost dropping in on the breakfast table set up on the 
banks of the Don River. Maree's culinary efforts, especially her sticky 
rice with fresh mango and rockmelon soaked in coconut milk and palm 
sugar, for our breakfast with the birds was superb, this has to be one 
of the most memorable experiences for any birdo, good food and good 
birding. Maree commented that it reminded her of an early start during a 
visit to Africa when she and Anne Donnan counted Hippo's and Fish 

Species observed: Aust. Brush-turkey, Brown Quail, Plumed 
Whistling-Duck, Wandering Whistling Duck, Black Swan, Pacific Black 
Duck, Australasian Grebe, Brown Booby, Darter, Little Pied Cormorant, 
Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Aust. Pelican, 
White-faced Heron, Great Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Pacific Baza, Black 
Kite, Whistling Kite, Brahminy Kite, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Nankeen 
Kestrel, Brolga, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Bar-tailed 
Godwit,Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Bush stone curlew, Pied Oystercatcher, 
Sooty Oystercatcher, Masked Lapwing, Silver Gull, Crested Tern, Black 
naped Tern, Little Tern, White winged Black Tern,Crested Pigeon, 
Peaceful Dove, Bar shouldered Dove, Red tailed Black Cockatoo, Sulphur 
crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red winged Parrot, Pale headed 
Rosella, Common Koel, Channel billed Cuckoo, Pheasant Coucal, Tawny 
Frogmouth, Large tailed Nightjar, Laughing Kookaburra, Blue winged 
Kookaburra, Rainbow Bee eater,Dollarbird, Helmeted Friarbird, Noisy 
Friarbird, Little Friarbird, Blue faced Honeyeater, Yellow throated 
Miner, Lewins Honeyeater, Varied Honeyeater, Yellow Honeyeater, White 
throated Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Grey Shrike Thrush, Magpie Lark, 
Spangled Drongo, Black faced Cuckoo Shrike, Varied Triller, Figbird, 
White breasted Woodswallow, Black faced Woodswallow, Pied Butcherbird, 
Aust. Magpie, Pied Currawong, Torresian Crow, Great Bowerbird, Richards 
Pipit, House Sparrow, Double barred Finch, Nutmeg Mannikin, Yellow 
bellied Sunbird Mistletoe Bird, Welcome Swallow, Fairy Martin Golden 
headed Cisticola and Common Starling [2]. 
Total 88. 

Best sighting for us was the White winged Black Tern at Mullers Lagoon 
in the centre of Bowen. This is proving quite an exceptional 
birdwatching area current breeding, Aust. Grebe, Dusky Moorhen, Purple 
Swamphen, Pacific Black Duck, Plumed Whistling Duck, Masked Plover, 
Fairy Martin. Magpie Lark, White faced Heron, Black Kite.

One suggestion from a member of QOSI and Birds Australia is the fact 
that we would prefer to do both fundraising events but find it difficult 
with both being scheduled so close to one another, can the timetable be 
reviewed please.

Jon Wren
PO Box 868
Australia 4805  Phone 07 4786 2614H
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