FNQ sightings

To: "Phil & Sue Gregory" <>
Subject: FNQ sightings
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:03:01 +1000
Hi Phil

You raise an interesting issue, regarding the Oriental v Himalyan - not
sure if its tongue in cheek or not! However I would be interested to
hear from anyone who has tried playback to Oriental in Australia. If
they don't breed here would they respond? 
We have tried, but have not been in a good position to expect a response
- i.e. the bird had flown by and was probably not within hearing of our
attempt. I don't actually have a copy of a Himalyan Cuckoo... yet....
but would ask the same question. 

Anyone out there have any experience in calling in Oriental Cuckoos in


On Thu, 25 Mar 2010 22:10 +1000, "Phil & Sue Gregory"
<> wrote:
> Mar 24
> Oriental Cuckoo 1 by Mareeba TAFE, Tinaroo Creek road, wish I'd  
> thought to try and play tape to get a vocal response to check whether  
> Oriental or Himalayan Cuckoo!
> Black-faced Monarch and Dollarbird (en route to New Guinea) along  
> Black Mt Road, Kuranda
> White Pygmy Goose 1 f.Hastie's Swamp, my fist local record for at  
> least 18 months, as this species seems to have vanished from all its  
> old haunts locally.
> Red-necked Crake at Cassowary House, Kuranda, with 2 (prob. 4) juvs.  
> last week
> Spotted Harrier 1 ad Picnic Crossing Road near Atherton
> Mar 25
> Great Knot c. 90 Cairns Esplanade, many almost in full summer dress, a  
> spectacular sight
> Lesser Sand Plover 10, outnumbered Greater for once, and several in  
> breeding dress look to be race mongolus, with the greyish mottling on  
> the flanks
> Australian Swiftlet c. 150 heading south along the sea front, no doubt  
> following storm activity.
> Jun Matsui was out at Michaelmas Cay today with "Seastar" and saw Red- 
> footed Booby and a leucistic Brown Noddy, almost entirely whitish with  
> a few brown blotches, would be quite a shock if it flew past at any  
> distance!
> Good Birding
> Phil Gregory
> www.,.au
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