RFI Western Whipbird and a few others

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Subject: RFI Western Whipbird and a few others
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 13:58:49 +1000
Until a couple of weeks ago Spotless Crakes were a dead cert at Mt St
Joseph pond in Altona, Victoria, but the water level has risen and it's
much more hit and miss now.  I would estimate that an hour or two at the
northern platform there in the morning or evening would give you a 70%
chance of seeing one now, and about equal chance of Lewin's Rail.

Others may know of sites that give better chances than this while also
giving you a better chance of seeing some of those other species at the
same time.  It's not that far from Werribee if you're passing through
there anyway.

Let me know if you want more details.

Peter Shute

 wrote on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 1:11

>  Hi all, I am a British birder currently on a round Australia
> trip. I would greatly appreciate some advice on where to find
> a few species that are currently eluding me. I am in
> Esperance at the moment, about to start heading east through
> South Australia and Victoria, ultimately heading back to
> sydney. Western/Mallee Whipbird - I got within feet of a
> calling bird at the Fitzgerald River but didn't manage to
> catch a single glimpse! The Thomas and Thomas book seems to
> suggest that Lincoln NP in SA is a good site to try, but I
> can't find any more recent info on sightings there. Any
> recent info on this site or any other good places to try in
> SA? Malleefowl - Dipped miserably in WA, was wondering if
> there are any reliable current spots in SA/VIC Freckled Duck
> - Any current spots in SA Black/White-fronted/Painted/Regent
> Honeyeaters - any currently good areas for these in SA/VIC
> Spotless/Baillon's Crakes - Not mega rarities I know, but I
> can't seem to find any! Any good current spots
> in SA/VIC/NSW would be greatly appreciated. A big thanks in
> advance for any information anyone can give. My excite email
> address occasionally seems to bounce emails for no good
> reason, so if anyone PMs me, i suggest also ccing in
>  cheers, Richard Rae

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