Re: birding-aus The Birdlife of Pearl Bay (ALan Morris)

To: Margaret Cameron <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus The Birdlife of Pearl Bay (ALan Morris)
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 07:14:12 +1000
G'day Margaret and B'ausers,
Back on SeaChange again eh?
Heard the Olive-backed Oriole but the Loons calling in last nights and the last
couple of episodes have got me a bit worried, has Mike Carter been informed of
the presence of this rarity?
Tom Tarrant

Margaret Cameron wrote:

> Don't be like that Alan, when I first came from Sydney to live at Pearl Bay
> way back in 1977 I walked out at night and heard the Bush Stone Curlew. I
> was surprised and asked the famous Jack Wheeler (brother of Roy) who said
> "no Margaret not for years.."
> Some years later, on a BOC Challenge Bird Count, not at Pearl Bay but at a
> place called Mannerim which is roughly equidistant between Pearl Bay and
> the Pearl Bay Hotel, we saw an adult and a juvenile Bush Curlew behind the
> Mannerim School block. The habitat is spot on, as there is rather rough
> grass with scattered casuarinas with dead branches and bits of log around
> the place - it isn't all tidied up. Various people came and looked at them
> there but after a year or so we didn't see them again. One afternoon I
> crossed the road opposite the school and spoke to an elderly gentleman who
> was fiddling around in his garden, and asked him if he knew about the
> Curlews at the back of the School, and how long they'd been there.
> He said something like "Let's see, I'd be 80, and they've been round the
> back of our house as long as I can remember, but sometimes they cross the
> road and go over there!"
> He also told me they used to be at a place called Hutchinson's Bush much
> closer to Pearl Bay and also then looking pretty suitable around the edges
> (but now it has houses, dogs etc), and perhaps at Cuthbertson's Paddock
> a.k.a. the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve (just past the hilly bit where Rupe
> found the paper run too hard, I imagine) - if they had called from there
> back in 1977 I could have heard them from home.
> The sad thing is that it is now probably 10 years since anyone has reported
> hearing them. (So I was really happy when Laura did!)
> I agree Olive-backed Orioles don't usually call at night (but they are in
> Pearl Bay in summer though not right at the beach) and that you'd want
> superhuman hearing to hear the nigtjars whose calls echo round the Brisbane
> Ranges (not so far away) on hot still summer nights......
> Alan are you suggesting Sea Change isn't TRUE?
> Of course it is a great place for birds!
> Margaret
> At 08:26 PM 18/07/99 +1000, you wrote:
> >Hi Birders,
> >I have just been watching"Sea Change" and it sure is a great place for
> >birds! Somewhere near Lakes Entrance in Victoria I think!! It was a good
> >night for birds tonight, and ended with a finale of Olive-backed Oriole,
> >White-throated Nightjars and Bush Stone-Curlew! What next!
> >
> >Alan Morris
> >
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