PHOTOS Christmas Island Records Feb 2010

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Subject: PHOTOS Christmas Island Records Feb 2010
From: Simon Mustoe <>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 07:35:05 +0000

Richard forgot to mention...the images of the Cinnamon Bittern and location 
details can be found on



> Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:40:43 -0800
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Christmas Island Records Feb 2010
> 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 
> photos)
> 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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