RFI: Birding in southern Australia

Subject: RFI: Birding in southern Australia
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 09:43:18 +1100

Simon P, wrote "Despite the bad season inland".

I wouldn't say it's a bad season.  It depends on your perspective.  If you are a Freckled Duck then you might not be all that impressed with the lack of breeding opportunities in many areas.  If you are a Crimson Chat you might not be very happy having to fly further than you would often need to.  If you are a Straw-necked Ibis you would be extremely happy with the number of locusts munching their way across NSW but a bit depressed to find your breeding area rather parched.

For birdwatchers I think it adds up to an interesting season.  While not venturing right out west, the Whacked-out Woodswallows, started far enough west (in the Macquarie Marshes) in the NSW twichathon to notch up Crimson Chat, Chestnut-crowned Babbler, Crested Bellbird, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, White-winged Fairy-wren, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Budgerigar.  100 species in three and a half hours isn't bad!  No I think it's a great time to be out west.  Mind you we might be thinking otherwise once the temperatures hit 40 degrees.


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