Last one on the Hunter

Subject: Last one on the Hunter
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 16:33:02 +1100 (EST)
Absolutely Alan! There have (the Radjah Shelducks for example?).
But the point is...400 doesn't even 'hinge' on pelagic species. I'm sure that it would be very close to 400 without needing to even jump in a boat....let alone going to only as far as the continental shelf (which is a pretty reasonable boundary one would think)...far from Chile or Lord Howe!?!.
Edwin is also spot-on too. The Shelducks at Mungo Brush are a good recent example. And the Black-backed Wagtail a few years back...Lesser Yellowlegs, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Kentish Plover etc etc. Vagrants do make a good chunk of the list, as places like Ash Island certainly do seem to attract some unusual sightings (a Yellow Wagtail was seen there just last week) and these probably escape the net of Atlas data etc.

alan morris <> wrote:
Hi Birders,

Not wishing to enter into controversies about the Hunter Region Birds, I
would point out that the 2002 Hunter Annual Bird Report lists 387 species
seen in the past 10 year, which could be part of the source of "400"
species for the Hunter Region. If you add about 10 additional new seabirds
species seen on offshore pelagic trips 2003-2005, that would bring you close
to 400. I am only guessing that there were 10 new species, there may have
been more!

Alan Morris

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