Oriental Pratincoles

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Subject: Oriental Pratincoles
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 19:34:28 +1000
Hi all,
I saw the Pratincoles today!  I nearly missed them, but returned later to have them helpfully scoped up and ready for a ticking (I missed the discussion about twitchers).  they were in the same place as so accurately described by Russ and Celia.
Fantastic birds, but now I will have to go and see Aussie Pratincoles this summer.
So what is the story with really good birds turning up while I'm on holidays?  I dipped on the Little Bittern, while I was stooging, unsuccessfully, around Sherwood Arboretum in Brisbane looking for them in January, and now I turn my back for 1 minute and look what turns up!
I also got Stubble Quail today (tick) and ticked Regent Honeyeater at Chiltern NP on the 21st and Black Falcon later that week in Albury.
Now I just need to get onto OBP's (they have arrived apparently) this winter and I'll be wrapped.
Thanks to the various people who showed concern that I (the Vic Birdline organiser) might ironically miss on this most twitchable of birds.
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