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.
Departs Broome early on 20th October, returning to Broome late on 27th October
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 http://birdingwa.iinet.net.au
Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email :
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