Torres Strait Wet Season Feb 09 trip

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Subject: Torres Strait Wet Season Feb 09 trip
From: richard baxter <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 00:33:13 -0800 (PST)
Hello all,

(This is a non-profit trip with all payments going directly to the charter boat 

In 2007 I organised and held two successful 8 day birding trips to the Torres  
 Strait visiting Australia's Boigu, Duaun and Saibai  Islands.

I've now filled a Nov 2008 trip and have just booked the dates for a wet season
Feb 2009 trip. 

The trip starts on the 21st Feb 2009 from Horn Island and spends 2  
 days at Boigu, 2 days at Saibai and then 2-3 days on Darnley and Ugar Islands.

 I've  chartered a boat to depart Horn Island with a sleeping capacity of  
 10 x single berths.  The boat is 58ft and has 
 Galley.  The charter includes accommodation on board the vessel,  
 experienced guiding, personalised itinerary and all gourmet meals  
 including fresh seafood banquets as well as use of 5 meter tender  
 vessel for transfers on and off islands.

 Accommodation is available on both Thursday and Horn Islands if  
 required before or after the trip.  The motel on Horn Island is  
 called the Gateway and is close to the boat.

There is also the opportunity to start the trip on Boigu if you wish.

 We've previously seen Gurney's Eagle, Collared Imperial Pigeon,  
 Singing Starling, Pale White-eye and Papuan Flowerpecker on these islands.

  Other vagrants seen on these three islands include, Grey-headed  
 Goshawk, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, Papuan Spine-tailed Swift,  
 Uniform Swiftlet, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Glossy Swiftlet,  
 Common Paradise-kingfisher, Streak-headed Manniken and recently a  
 possible Yellow-headed Myna.

Cost is $3500 for 8 days.
Richard Baxter

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