RFI - Broom and the Kimberley's

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Subject: RFI - Broom and the Kimberley's
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 14:09:14 +1000
Bob Cook has already mentioned Mornington Station, and I should only add that we saw Spinfex Pigeon and Pictorella Mannikin there. We saw White-quilled Rock-Doves in the King Leopold Ranges* about 3/4 of the way to Mornington on the GRR.
Yellow Chats are on the Roebuck Plains behind the Observatory; you get the people at the Observatory to take you out there for a small fee.
We were there in October, so I can't comment on abunance or presence of things in July. But just to note that, amongst other things on your wish list we saw Black-breasted Buzzard over the Highway about 5km short of Derby, and Derby Sewage Works are easily accessed: an observation tower has been built which allows good views over the main ponds, and is big enough for a tripod to be set up.
John Leonard
*name commemorating a genocidal monarch of the C19, just as the Jardine River on Cape York commemorates a genocidal pastoralist.

On 6/10/05, <m("","Peter.Fuller");"> > wrote:

HI All,

I'm heading to Broome in Late-June for 10 days, and i'm trying to plan an itinerary to make the best of my time and see (and hopefully photograph) most of the specialties of that area of the world. I've researched around the Broome/Derby area, but i'd like to hear of some of the must go sites in Broome, the Kimberley's, and areas outside Broome that produce species that cant be seen around town, and also places that might prove good for photography?

I'm not sure if i'll be able to make it up to the Mitchell plateau, but would love to see Black Grasswren.  Is there any sites in the west kimberleys that are fairly reliable?

I'm also after sites for Purple-Crowned Fairy Wren, Pictorella Mannikin, Painted Finch, Grey-Headed/Grey-Fronted Honeyeater, Yellow Chat, Yellow Wagtail, Red-browed Pardolote, all the local pigeons and doves (spinifex pigeon),  Black Breasted Buzzard,  Letter Winged Kite, and Ground Cuckoo-shrike.

Is there any little ringed plovers or gargarney's around at the moment?

Also, what is need to arrange access to the derby and broome sewerage farms?

So mant questions..but if anyone can help me with any of these queries, i'd be very greatful.


John Leonard
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