More Splits? and secret Red Goshawk nest

To: "Robert Inglis" <>
Subject: More Splits? and secret Red Goshawk nest
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 09:48:31 +1030
Hi Rob, now we are over the post election blues I guess I can bring myself to speak of birds again.
Buff-sided/ white-browed is split off by Schodde and Mason in their new directory. This is probably what mulga mick refers to. See pp 352 - 355.
Spotted Whistling Ducks are not that common. With three companions I staked out the Chili Beach spot for hours and hours over several days in Sept and got sweet FA.  Klaus two weeks later had them easily. I think they must move about a bit.
The Red Gossies would have fledged and gone by now but I can give you the exact GPS fix where we had them near Lotus in Sept.  We found them for ourselves and then told Lotus about it.  Sounds as though they are playing games of secrecy with visitors. The birds were easy to find given a little info (which we were by some visiting poms we met in Iron Range who'd already been taken there by Lotus).  Watched the female on and off nest and the male bringing in food for her, had them in scopes for about two hours, beauty.  You don't need a track to the site, it's right alongside the road.
No idea what Mick is on about re red-brows but see Schodde and Mason p748. It has to be the minor sub he means, it's the only red-browed up that way.
Catch you.  Tony.
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