Ashmore Reef 2008

Subject: Ashmore Reef 2008
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 20:37:40 +0800

Thanks Russell for permission to post the following.

I am booked on the trip to Ashmore Reef in October this year. But it needs a couple more people to ensure that the trip goes ahead.

Details :

Departs Broome early on 20th October, returning to Broome late on 27th October
Cost $4,720
Contact : George Swann (Kimberley Birdwtaching)

The trip uses the 23 metre charter vessel Flying Fish Five. It has two showers, two toilets, three cabins with double bed and single, two sets of bunks, and four bunks in the bow, all air conditioned.

The trip leaves Broome, and travels north to Ashmore Reef, spending time in areas with different water depths. There are three nights at Ashmore. You normally go ashore on West Island in the morning and the afternoon, with lunch on the boat, but the specific details are flexible if we get permission to visit Middle or East Islands. On the return, there is normally a stop at the Lacepede Islands for a few hours on the final morning before heading for Broome.

The birding highlights have been many over the years. Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel and Bulwer's Petrel are almost certain. Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel, Jouanin's Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel and Streaked Shearwater are a chance. On the island, anything might be possible. The past few years have included Middendorff's Warbler, Oriental Reed-warbler, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Arctic Warbler and others. And then there are the cetaceans, turtles, sea snakes, flying fish, crabs, etc. The birding is generally relaxing (except for the heat), and you usually have to wade in, or wade out to the tender, plus a walk along the sand spit.

The trip is led by George Swann and Mike Carter. This is a fantastic way to learn more about seabirding, and identifying hard to distinguish species. Remember to bring your camera!

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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