Birding in Southern Australia

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Subject: Birding in Southern Australia
From: "David Parker" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 11:16:09 -0800

Hello all,

Comments of bad season inland are totally open to interpretation. Ask
any farmer and the 1 - 3 inches of rainfall in parts of the Riverina was
either good or bad. The "predicted" rain on its way could be even better
or worse. A sudden hot spell lasting a week, followed by the cold snap
which brought these rains keeps people guessing when the hot weather
will actually start its summer onslaught.

Sure there are parts that may be dry, some that are green, but the
greater diversity lies with our native wildlife. After all, they have
learnt to adapt and flow with seasonal changes for a lot longer than the
typical European Aussie.

Asking the birds, well most species of duck have already hatched their
clutches and are being followed by chicks, every where you look the old
man Emu has a following of offspring and Aussie Pratincoles are
following the pattern.

Diamond Firetails have nested, Superb Parrots are in the process, and
mans patience with Magpies is being tested. Great-crested Grebes can be
seen courting, Musk Duck have courted, and even the feral Rock Dove
plans a new generation.

A 20 minute count in a woodland south of Deniliquin produced 23 species
of bird. 37 birds in as many minutes at the Horseshoe Lagoon Boardwalk
at Moama, and the new Gulpa Creek Reed Beds Bird Observatory is a must.

Migrants are about, including Lathams Snipe, Cuckoos and Bronze-cuckoos
and  Peaceful Doves are a common call along the rivers and in adjoining

At the end of the day what better way to than to cap it all off with the
spectacular sight provided by Rainbow Bee-eaters as they fly back to
their roosts in the evening.

While not totally inland as inland can be, who could argue with an
Edward River serenade. 

David Parker

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