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From: "Lorne Johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 08:52:59 +1000
Good morning bird lovers... Lorne here... 

Had a weekend of birding in Sydney and the Central Coast this weekend,
some of it great, some of it not so great... I was after three target
species I have not yet seen: MASKED OWL, BRUSH BRONZEWING and LEWIN'S

Dipped on all of them. 

For an hour on Saturday night I stood on the outside of Awaba State
Forest off the F3 near Ryhope (as you can't access it without permission
from Forestry dept.) in 8 degree cold immitating a masked owl call on
and off... in the process pissing off a rottweiller in someone's front
yard.... no bird turned up. 

Went to both Bantry Bay and Red Hill Reserve in Sydney in seach of the
bronzewing... nothing vaguely resembling a bronzewing at either... just
an old wrinkled lady in a Melbourne Games top and her two scruffy dogs,
one of which looked like it wanted a piece of me. 

At Maroubra (with Edwin Vella and David Midford) a Lewin's rail called
about ten feet away in some shrubbery... I spent the following fifteen
minutes searchingfor it... nothing... just a couple in an old Datsun
smoking dope and lsitening to Slipknot. 


I think I'll stick with staying home and watching TV and eating pizza.
Much less frustrating.

(Although calling up a Powerful Owl within two minutes at Palmdale -
near Ourimbah on the Central Coast - was pretty cool after the Awaba



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