Thanks to all those who offered me suggestions for my time in
Rockhampton last weekend. In amongst business, I did get some good
birding - mostly at Kershaw Gardens, Botanic Gardens, Port Alma
Saltworks, and Mt Archer.
For the weekend, I recorded 80 species, of which 2 were 'lifers' for
me - Nutmeg Mannikin and Mangrove Honeyeater. If anyone would like
the full list, I'm happy to forward it off list.
Other items of possible interest, though, were 150+ Little Corellas
and 2 Long-billed Corellas at the Botanic Gardens - the Littles out
of range, according to Pizzey, and the Long-bills well out of range.
Both may be from Aviary Escapes, but if so, the Littles in particular
would seem to be breeding up quite alarmingly - possibly worth
keeping an eye on for both species.
There was one Scrub Turkey in Kershaw Gardens, though this may be
quite normal for the area; half a dozen Cotton Pygmy Geese on the
lagoon at the Botanic Gardens; 35 Caspian Terns in one 'loafing'
group at Port Alma (though no Yellow Chats showed), and a family of 3
Glossy Black Cockatoos at Mt Archer.
A great spot for birding, but as usual, "So many birds! So little
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