A few responses to this one ...
(i) the 1989 record of Spotted Bowerbird from Lindsay Island was mine - I
was VERY excited that afternoon, and can still recall the event - in River
Red Gum riparian woodland a few hundred metres from Black Box/lignum
(ii) Spotted Bowerbird is listed as Endangered (downgraded from Critically
Endangered by IUCN Red List regional criteria) in DSE's 2007 threatened
vertebrates list - I sit on the committee that assesses birds for this list;
(iii) maybe the Hattah bird _was_ a Spotted Bowerbird - from what I hear
Duan Biggs is a pretty good birder and has spent a fair while in FNQ before
venturing south - I hope he's right ...
Cheers -- Lawrie
0419 588 993
Mike Carter" <>*Date*: Sun, 2 Sep 2007 11:49:22 +1000
"Tim Dolby" <> queried "Duan Biggs" <
> RE: [Birding-Aus] Trip reports for Australia and
New Zealand nowonline, saying
'I'm interested to see that you saw Spotted Bowerbird at the Hattah Campsite.
This was probably something else. It would be a very rare bird to see in
Victoria - they are probably considered locally extinct (although I'd like
to hear any views to the contrary). >From what I can gather the last Spotted
Bowerbird population in Victoria were at the Old Kulkyne Station (actually
now part the of Hattah-Kulkyne NP), with a pair nesting in the early 1980s.
There was also a record from Ned's Corner in 1989. The closest recent
records to Hattah in NSW are from Balranald and Kyalite, just north of Swan
Hill in Vic, or further up towards Ivanhoe. It is also interesting to see
that the Spotted Bowerbird doesn't rate a mentioned in the 'Advisory List of
Threatened Vertebrate in Victoria 2007'. Not sure why?
Your bird may have been Apostlebird? Have you got any photos?'
Spotted Bowerbirds are definitely very rare in Victoria. I've never seen one
and would try for any reported. Apart from one report from Lindsay
the 1989 Neds Corner report Tim mentioned above), I've not heard of any
other in the last 25-30 years. This is in spite of them persisting for at
least some of that period at Euston, NSW, less than 0.5 km from the Victorian
border just across the river from Robinvale. I've seen them there and they
may still be resident there (anyone know?) and this would be only some 20 km
from the Hattah camp ground. Partly because Apostlebirds are rarely solitary
that would seem like an unlikely confusion species. Immature Crested
Bellbird perhaps? It is not impossible that it was a Spotted Bowerbird but
some documentation is required before acceptance.
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