> My wife and I are visiting this spring (your fall). We will
> be in Tasmania (4days), Melbourne (4days), Sydney (5days) and
> Cairns/Port Douglas (7days). I am not a birding fanatic but
> like to see as many species as possible in each place we
> visit on our trips. Our itinerary does not allow for a full
> day of birding in each location; my wife sleeps in until
> about 9:00am so most of my birding is on the fly from
> sunrise until 8:30 or 9:00.
> I'm looking for some local "hot spots" (parks, lakes,
> marshes, etc) that I can hit for a few hours in the mornings,
> either alone or with some one who knows the ropes.
> We are also spending 3 weeks in New Zealand, driving from the
> south end of the South Island to north end of the North
> Island. We have a little more time to explore but my birding
> would basically be the same as above. If anyone has contacts
> or site information for New Zealand, please advise.
I can recommend the (recent) books:
* Where to find birds in North-East Queensland, by Jo Wieneke
* Where to watch birds in New Zealand, by Kathy Ombler.
I have used both of them in exactly your situation. A couple of
free hours at the start or end of the day when travelling.
I am far from an expert on NZ birding, but recently had two days on
Stewart Island, with a visit to Ulva Island which is a predator
free island just offshore. Just fantastic and not just for birdos
(provided you like peace and quiet).
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