To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Thanks
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 21:58:59 +1000
To all Birding-Aus-ers,

Thank you so much to all the people who gave advice and suggestions for our recent holiday up through Victoria and NSW. There are too many people to mention individually, but so many who willingly gave advice, some of whom we met in person, some of whom we had a fairly 'in-depth' email conversation with, and some of whom we only got to take on board your snippets of wisdom. The co-operation of this community in all sorts of areas - research, ID, conservation issues, ...... and even advice for itinerant twitchers like us - is really amazing.

We had too far to travel, and too many friends and rellies to visit, in too short a time, to have really productive birding (only 141 species - a fuller report to follow), but we did manage 5 out of our 6 "target" lifers, thanks largely to helpful advice from members of this list. We even added Yellow Rosella (though not technically a SPECIES). Even though three of the five were 'ferals', it was still very exciting to pick up so many new birds in such a short trip. We got onto Tree Sparrow at the CERES Environment Centre in East Brunswick (Melbourne), and Song Thrush by walking the streets, checking people's front gardens, not far away. We happened to meet up with the radio-tracking team following the released Regent Honeyeaters at Chiltern, and managed to be with them as they tracked down three of their birds. Some of these have been associating with wild Regents (and as we couldn't find any colour-bands on one bird, I'm telling myself it MAY have been a wild bird!). We found Superb Parrots just north of Cootamundra (the only half dozen we saw, despite locals telling us they're COMMON!), and on a very wet afternoon in Dee Why (Sydney), Peter Madvig helped us track down the House Crow, though the weather and the time taken to entice the Crow out of hiding meant we dipped on the Red-whiskered Bulbul - the only one of our six we missed. On the way back south, we stayed at Narranderra, in the hope of tracking down Yellow Rosellas (a new sub- species for us), and found that they really ARE common there. All in all, a very fulfilling trip - only next time, we're going to have less travelling, less friends and rellies, and more BIRDS!

Thanks again for all advice and assistance so freely given! If we can return the favour for people visiting Tasmania, please let us know.

John & Shirley Tongue

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