Volunteer Opportunity at Bowra - Hall's Babblers.

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Subject: Volunteer Opportunity at Bowra - Hall's Babblers.
From: Dean Portelli <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 15:59:26 +1000
Hi all,

 This is a great opportunity to see Bowra for yourself!! This property in SW 
QLD has been topical on birding-aus recently.

 Below is an advertisement seeking volunteer help for the month of AUGUST 2008 
for my PhD research on Hall's Babblers at Bowra station. The birdlife on Bowra 
is going from strength to strength after more recent rain following the great 
falls over summer. It has brought in some more species to the many already on 
the property, including Squatter Pigeons and Diamond Firetails. Flock 
Bronzewings are still being reported in the district.

 No research or science skills are necessary, volunteers need only be 
reasonably fit, able to spend long hours out in the field surrounded by birds 
and be easy-going and able to work as part of a team.

Please contact me either at this email or at


Volunteer Positions

 Behavioural ecology of Hall's Babbler (Pomatostomus halli): an endemic, 
cooperatively-breeding bird of eastern Australia

Project Overview
 This research focuses on the social organisation and habitat selection of 
Hall's Babbler, the least known of all Australian babblers. The research that 
will be undertaken during the period will investigate differences/similarities 
in structural and floristic characteristics of habitat occupied by Hall's 
babbler, Grey-crowned Babbler, and Chestnut-crowned Babbler relative to the 
range in 'available' habitat for these species on the study site.  This 
research is crucial to understanding the habitat requirements of Hall's 
Babbler, which is poorly understood and highly desirable as the species is 
listed as threatened in New South Wales (listed as Vulnerable).

Volunteer Activities
 Volunteers will work in a team to quantify habitat characteristics in field 
survey plots. Training in all aspects of the work will be provided and no 
skills are necessary (although amateur botanists are most welcome!).
 Data collected will include variables such as plant species composition, tree 
density and height, shrub density and height, and ground cover.
 As survey plots will be established across the study site volunteers will 
become acquainted with a wide variety of birds present on Bowra including 
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush, White-browed Treecreeper, Bourke's Parrot, Pink 
Cockatoo, Spotted Nightjar, Crested Bellbird and of course Hall's Babbler. 
Volunteers will also gain an appreciation for the diversity of habitats and the 
associated plants and animals that occur within them. See below for a complete 
list of bird species recorded on Bowra.
 Some work will also be undertaken with Hall's Babblers including locating 
breeding nests and observing colour-banded birds.

 This research is being undertaken at Bowra Station, located on the outskirts 
of Cunnamulla in southwest Queensland. Bowra is a unique property with a high 
diversity of habitats and consequently a rich fauna and flora, particularly 
 Accomodation will be provided at no cost. Volunteers can choose to camp or 
bring along their caravan, or stay in the refurbished Shearer's Quarters. There 
are toilet and shower facilities and the quarter's has a fully-contained 
 The local town, Cunnamulla, located only 16km from the station has numerous 
facilities including supermarkets, pharmacy, pubs, library (with internet 
access), post office, and hospital.
 Bowra is easily accessible along major highways from Sydney, Melbourne and 
Brisbane. Public transport is available only from Brisbane via two buses 
(Brisbane-Toowoomba, Toowoomba-Cunnamulla).

 Volunteers are required for the month of August 2008 and are requested to stay 
for a minimum of one week, although longer periods (including the full four 
weeks) are preferable.

 Accommodation costs will be covered. Limited funding is available to reimburse 
travel costs. Please feel free to discuss any issues relating to costs with me.

Contact Details:
 If you are interested in being a volunteer or would like further information 
please feel free to contact me via email at  or 
at the University of New South Wales on +61 2 9385 8272.



True Quail
Stubble Quail
Brown Quail

Plumed Whistling-duck
Wandering Whistling-duck
Australian Wood Duck
Blue-billed Duck
Musk Duck
Black Swan
Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Shoveler
Grey Teal
Pink-Eared Duck

Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe


Great Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant

Australian Pelican

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
White-necked Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Australasian Bittern

Ibis and Spoonbills
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Kites, Eagles & allies
Black-shouldered Kite
Letter-winged Kite
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
Square-tailed Kite
Black-breasted Buzzard
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Spotted Harrier
Swamp Harrier

Brown Falcon
Black Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Grey Falcon
Australian Hobby
Nankeen Kestrel


Crakes and Rails
Baillon’s Crake
Australian Spotted Crake
Black-tailed Native-hen
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot

Australian Bustard

Bush Stone-curlew

Little Button-quail
Red-chested Button-quail

Latham’s Snipe
Black-tailed Godwit
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Painted Snipes
Australian Painted Snipe

Stilts and Avocets
Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet

Pacific Golden Plover
Red-capped Plover
Inland Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Banded Lapwing
Masked Lapwing

Australian Pratincole

Gull-billed Tern
Whiskered Tern
White-winged Black Tern

Pigeons and Doves
Diamond Dove
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Common Bronzewing
Flock Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Squatter Pigeon

Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
Little Corella
Pink Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Red-winged Parrot
Australian Ringneck
Blue Bonnet
Red-rumped Parrot
Mulga Parrot
Bourke’s Parrot
Blue-winged Parrot

Pallid Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Black-eared Cuckoo
Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo

Barking Owl
Southern Boobook

Barn Owls
Barn Owl

Tawny Frogmouth

Spotted Nightjar

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Fork-tailed Swift
White-throated Needletail

Laughing Kookaburra
Red-backed Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher

Rainbow Bee-eater


Brown Treecreeper
White-browed Treecreeper

Fairy-wrens and Grasswrens
Splendid Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
White-winged Fairy-wren
Striated Grasswren

Pardalotes, Thornbills & allies
Striated Pardalote
Red-browed Pardalote
Western Gerygone
Inland Thornbill
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Slaty-backed Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Southern Whiteface

Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Singing Honeyeater
Grey-headed Honeyeater
Grey-fronted Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
White-fronted Honeyeater
Black Honeyeater
Pied Honeyeater
Painted Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Crimson Chat
Orange Chat

Australo-Papuan Robins
Jacky Winter
Red-capped Robin
Hooded Robin

Australo-Papuan Babblers
Grey-crowned Babbler
Hall’s Babbler
White-browed Babbler
Chestnut-crowned Babbler

Quail-thrushes & Wedgebills
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush
Chirruping Wedgebill

Varied Sittella

Whistlers & Shrike-thrushes
Crested Bellbird
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush

Flycatchers & Fantails
Restless Flycatcher
Australian Magpie-lark
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail

Cuckoo-Shrikes & Trillers
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Triller

Olive-backed Oriole

Woodswallow & Butcherbirds
White-breasted Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Little Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie

Ravens and Crows
Australian Raven
Little Crow
Torresian Crow

Australian Mud-Nesters
White-winged Chough

Spotted Bowerbird

Singing Bushlark

Australian Pipit

Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Plum-headed Finch
Diamond Firetail


Swallows and Martins
Welcome Swallow
Tree Martin
Fairy Martin
White-backed Swallow

Old World Warblers
Australian Reed-warbler
Brown Songlark
Rufous Songlark


Total Species 210

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