Re: birding-aus the big dipper, part 2

Subject: Re: birding-aus the big dipper, part 2
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 13:16:10 +1000
At 12:42 16/08/1999 +1000, you wrote:
>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!"

Now, if you were in Europe/N. America, you might even see 
some real "Dippers" !

Dr Peter Woodall                          email = 
Division of Vet Pathology & Anatomy             
School of Veterinary Science & An. Prod.  Phone = +61 7 3365 2300
The University of Queensland              Fax   = +61 7 3365 1355
Brisbane, Qld, Australia 4072             WWW  =
"hamba phezulu" (= "go higher" in isiZulu)


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