birding-aus Whipstick weekend

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Subject: birding-aus Whipstick weekend
From: Susan Myers <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 17:05:56 +1000
G'day all,
I thought that some of you may be following Jun Matsui's progress around 
O-sutorariya (Australia) so here's our report from last weekend:
Stuart Dashper, Scott & Cecilia Chandry, Doug Futuyma (visitor from US), Jun 
Matsui and I headed off to the Whipstick National Park (north of Bendigo - the 
big city smack bang in the middle of Vic). This is one of our favourite places 
consisting of box-ironbark forest interspersed with large areas of mallee. We 
camped in an area of mown mallee that is dripping with really good birds. That 
night we spent an hour or so spotlighting & listening to Spotted Nightjars - a 
real treat! New for Jun & Doug. In the morning we recorded lots of really good 
birds that were new for both Jun & Doug. These included Shy Hylacola, Crested 
Bellbird, Gilbert's Whistler, Yellow Thornbill, Brush Bronzewing, White-browed 
Babbler, Chestnut-rumped Hylacola (heard only), Red-capped Robin, Varied 
Sitella, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Painted 
Button-quail, Variegated Fairy-wren and lots lots more! A search for Swift 
Parrots in a couple of spots recommended by Simon Kennedy was unsu!
ccessful. Missed them by that much...
Apart from missing our rendezvous with Chris Lester, Richard Nowotny et al (who 
rather rudely saw a Spotted Quail-thrush) on Sunday morning we had an excellent 
weekend's birding - not to mention absolutely magnificent weather. I can 
forward a full list for anyone interested, just drop me an email. 
cheers (yoroshiku),

Susan Myers

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