Alternative Bird Names and Illawarra Area

To: "lorne" <>, <>
Subject: Alternative Bird Names and Illawarra Area
From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 19:17:11 +1100
Kakapo - Night-time budgie on steroids!!!!.


Yesterday myself and Lorne where fortunate to hear, one (or possibly) 2
Pheasant Coucals at Barren Grounds (about 150km south of Sydney) which the
wardens found it hard to believe. However there is plenty of habitat for
these birds at Barren Grounds and they occur much further south in NSW down
to about the VIC border. Eastern Bristlebirds were calling all over the
place with good views of one on the ground in front of us, and a possible
distant Ground Parrot heard. The cold winter like conditions did quiten down
other birds.

What was interesting to look at at the Observatory book shop (well looked
after by Jannet and Neville Love at the time) was a book on the Illawarra
area and surrounds and I was quite interested in a report of an Australian
Bustard (who could mistaken this for anything else) in 1991 (a bit hard
believing) and a possible Saunders Tern some time ago. Can anyone comment
further on these 2 records.

We also saw over 30 Little Terns at Lake Wulloomboola (about 15 km
south-east of Nowra) with 2 nice young chicks being fed.


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