Christmas Island Records Feb 2010

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Subject: Christmas Island Records Feb 2010
From: Richard Baxter <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:40:43 -0800 (PST)
Hello all,            Have spent the last seven days on CI, enjoying the warm 
weather, snorkeling, exploring and birding.  The island is very dry considering 
the time of year and usual birding locations such as LB3 and the tip were bone 
dry when we arrived.    It rained occasionally for the first 5 days but not 
enough to fill the waterholes.  
  On Saturday morning it poured for a few hours and LB3 is now overflowing with 
water and some of the pools at the garbage tip are also very full. Conditions 
are now looking good for possible vagrants to turn up at the waterholes in the 
next week or so.

There have been a few interesting sightings on the island over the last week:
CINNAMON BITTERN - A adult male sighted late afternoon between the Golf Course 
and Casino.  We re-visited the spot the next morning and again it was present. 
 Lots of photos.
BLUE-WINGED PITTA (R.I.P) - On Thursday, Damian and I were snorkeling near 
Thundercliff Cave and found a dead Blue-winged Pitta floating nearby.  We 
retrieved the remains and photographed same.  Bird is currently in freezer at 
Parks Australia office.
MALAY/JAPANESE NIGHT HERON -Seen by Parks Australia staff at Egeria Point.  The 
area is a quarantine zone with no public access. (Tuesday)
GREY WAGTAIL- Single bird seen three days in a row at the garbage tip.  Not 
present for last three days.
WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN - Single bird seen at garbage tip.
ORIENTAL CUCKOO - Single bird seen by Ben Blewitt near The Dales car park.(No 
PEREGRINE FALCON - Single bird seen by Ben Blewitt at Martin Point. (No photos)
JAVA SPARROW - Eleven birds seen in Poon San.
Lots of Whale Sharks about at the moment.  Have swam with 6 or 7 in the last 
few days.
Heading off to Cocos this afternoon (Mon) for a week and will be back on CI 
next weekend.
CheersRichard Baxter


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