birding-aus the big dipper, part 2

Subject: birding-aus the big dipper, part 2
From: lorne <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 12:42:30 +1000
G'day, Drongo Jones here, birdwatcher extraordinaire... I had a great
weekend... though missed a few decent things...

Went on the Pelagic off Wollongong on Saturday. I was constantly
throwing up for nine hours. Nearly lost my small intestine. All I saw
were a couple of skuas and six silver gulls in Wollongong Harbour... I
was below decks for 98% of the trip... 

In Sydney yesterday I went birding at Cumberland State Forest... dipped
on the bell miner colony near the front gates... missed the King Parrot
and Rainbow Lorikeet... couldn't find my way to the native plant

Went on to the Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park in Sydney... dipped on the
Sacred Ibis again (everyone keeps telling me how common they are, but
blow me down...)... went looking for Buff-banded Rail in the gardens...
I fell in the main pond and had to be helped by two attractive
Scandinavian backpackers who laughed at me a lot... dipped on Welcome
Swallow, Maned Duck, Superb fairy-wren, silvereye, Red-whiskered Bulbul,

Went looking for Figbird (a rarity for me!) at Glebe... got lost... did
get great views of a brown feathered Feral Pigeon though... pretty

Looking forward to going on the Regent Honeyeater survey next December
around Mascot Airport.

Saving up for a trip to Cairns so as to get all the endemics...
Yellow-throated Honeyeater, Strong-billed Honeyeater, Forty-spotted
Pardalote etc. Can't wait!!!!

Has anyone got a spare copy of Thomas and Simpson's field guide to the
rats of New Guinea? I might need it when I go to Cairns.



And remember, a "bird in the hand is... a bird I'll probably dip on!"
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