Magnetic Island

Subject: Magnetic Island
From: "colin judkins" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 11:05:50 +1000
G/day all,

I have just returned from Magnetic Island Nth Queensland. Coming from Melbourne i hoped to add a few birds to my list as well as enjoy a week of R & R, although my partner say's there's not to much rest when you holiday with a crazy birder (the crazy was her description, i think i'm normal !)

On our first day i saw my first lifer with a lone Black Naped Tern in Alma Bay, i was off to a good start but was only able to add one more, a White Eared Monarch which was seen with Spectacled Monarch and Black Faced Monarchs, within 5 mins and 10 metres strolling. Still, as your lists increases it does become harder and harder to see new birds and i was rapt to get those two. We saw a good variety of species with the number of raptors being a feature.

Bushthicknees could be found everywhere, strolling along shop fronts, in car parks, parkland and bush areas, much to my partners annoyance. Before we book our next tropical island holiday she says where not going if the Thicknees are present, as she didn't appreciate being kept awake night after night with their calling. (It was music to my ears but i didn't tell her that !)

Magnetic Island has a good variety of habitats, mammals, birds and beautiful beaches and is well worth a visit.
Regards from Col.

Colin Judkins


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