|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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